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Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/21/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning (51-25-8) at Detroit Red Wings (44-26-14)
Date & Time Tuesday April 21, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +105 / Tampa Bay Lightning -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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NHL | Tampa Bay Lightning (51-25-8) at Detroit Red Wings (44-26-14)

The Tampa Bay Rays visit Joe Louis Arena to match up with the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings might have stole game one with just a 14 shot performance somehow turning in to a 3-2 victory. However they couldn’t duplicate that performance and expect another road win at Tampa Bay. The Wings did fire off 24 shots in game number two but that fell well short in a 5-1 defeat that evened the series at a game apiece. Detroit faced a 4-0 deficit before finally getting on the scoreboard at 5:49 of the third when Tomas Tater netted a rebound off of a Kyle Quincy blast but that was all she wrote for the offense. Petr Mrazek wasn’t nearly as effective as he was in game one with four goals allowed on 18 shots before Jimmy Howard came on in relief and gave up a goal on 12 shots. 

The Tampa Bay Rays did everything but win their Stanley Cup playoff opener with Detroit as they outshot the Wings 46-14 yet somehow came up with the loss. The Lightning made sure that didn’t happen a second time as they dominated both ends of the ice on the way to a one sided 5-1 victory in game number two to even the series at a game apiece as the series shifts to the Motor City for game three. Tyler Johnson paced the Tampa offense with a pair of goals while Alex Killhorn, Andrej Sustr and Valtteri Filppula each found the back of the net with Filppula adding an assist. Ben Bishop made sure there was no repeat of the opener as he picked up the win with a 23 stop performance which ended a six game slide for the Lightning in the postseason.

The under is 10-1 in Lightning last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record while the Lightning are 6-1 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game with the under going  6-1 in Lightning last 7 road games. The under is 2-0-3 in Red Wings last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and  is 2-0-2 in Red Wings last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record while going  3-0-2 in Red Wings last 5 home games. Head to head the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit while the Lightning are 3-8-1 in the last 12 meetings in Detroit. No goalies are confirmed so please check back later…

Detroit +105 // over 5.5 //check back for updates

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