Tampa Bay Lightning (20-7-1) at Detroit Red Wings (12-12-3)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 4, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +148 / Tampa Bay Lightning -195 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 27.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 19 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 27 assists and Steven Stamkos has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 30 goals on 412 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 46 goals on 441 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Detroit Red Wings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Andreas Athanasiou leads Detroit with 11 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 17 assists and Dylan Larkin has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 48 goals on 626 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 31 goals on 305 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 13 games.
The Lightning are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 8-3 in their last 11 road games and 92-44 in their last 136 overall. The Red Wings are 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games and 20-53 in their last 73 vs. Atlantic. The Lightning are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and 27-8 in the last 35 meetings. The over is 4-1-1 in Lightning last 6 overall. The under is 5-2 in Red Wings last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
The Detroit Red Wings have been an improved team the last couple of weeks and they have the rest advantage here. However, the Tampa Bay Lightning have downright owned the Red Wings over the years and the record speaks for itself. It's been a while since the Red Wings have won a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and they've been held to two or less goals in seven of the last eight meetings. The price may be a bit steep, but it's for a good reason. I'll back Tampa Bay given the history between these clubs.