Tampa Bay Lightning (36-18-6) at Arizona Coyotes (20-31-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 21, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +158 / Tampa Bay Lightning -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Arizona Coyotes play Saturday at the Gila River Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have one power play goal in their last seven games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 31 goals, Tyler Johnson has 34 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games. Ben Bishop has allowed 104 goals on 1,182 shots faced and Evgeni Nabokov has given up 29 goals on 245 shots.
The Arizona Coyotes look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Coyotes are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Arizona Coyotes have one power play goal in their last four games and have won four straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads Arizona with 17 goals, Antoine Vermette has 22 assists and Shane Doan has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Coyotes are allowing 3.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Mike Smith has allowed 128 goals on 1,225 shots faced and Louis Domingue has given up four goals on 31 shots.
The Lightning are 21-10 in their last 31 vs. a team with a losing record and 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Pacific. The Coyotes are 5-17 in their last 22 home games and 16-35 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning record. The Lightning are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona and 11-4 in the last 15 meetings overall.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are not only the far better team here, but they've also owned the Arizona Coyotes for quite some time, which includes 11 wins in their last 15 matchups. Take Tampa Bay and the spread to give your wager a little more value.