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Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/15/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars
Date & Time Tuesday January 15, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
American Airlines Center
Dallas, TX
The Line
Dallas Stars +125 / Tampa Bay Lightning -154
TV Channel
FS-Southwest, SunSports
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars meet in NHL action from the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to rebound after suffering a 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders in their last outing. The Bolts went from a scoreless tie to 3-0 down just 4:43 into the game as the Islanders scored just 1:21 into the game and struck twice in a span of :16 to take the 3-0 advantage. New York pushed the lead to 4-0 before Ryan McDonagh got the Lightning on the board in the latter stages of the 2nd period. That was as close as the Bolts would get however, as New York added an empty-netter to seal the deal in the end. Andrei Vasilevskiy took the loss, falling to 18-5-2 this season after allowing 4 goals on 27 shots in the losing effort.

The Dallas Stars will look to rebound from back-to-back losses following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of St. Louis last time out. St. Louis took the lead just :34 into the game and doubled their lead before the midway point of the opening period. The game stayed at 2-0 after 20 minutes of play and through the 2nd intermission before Erik Condra got the Stars on the board just before the halfway point of the 3rd period. That’s as close as Dallas got though as St. Louis re-established a two-goal cushion that the Blues would hold onto until the final buzzer. Ben Bishop took the loss, falling to 15-11-2 after allowing all 3 goals on 28 shots in the losing effort.

Tampa Bay is 38-13 in their last 51 games overall and 53-26 in their last 79 road games while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games against the Western Conference. Dallas is 2-6 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Atlantic division while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The home team has had the bulk of the success between these two teams, so the plus money is worth a look considering that I’m sure Ben Bishop would like to stick it to one of his former teams. However, the Lightning are still the best team in the NHL right now and it’s not often, home or away that you get Tampa Bay at this kind of price. I’ll lay the juice with Tampa Bay in this spot.

Pick:
Tampa Bay Lightning -154

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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