Tampa Bay Lightning (24-6-2) at Las Vegas Golden Knights (21-9-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 19, 2017, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Las Vegas Golden Knights +118 / Tampa Bay Lightning -130 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look to continue their remarkable start to the season as they head into Las Vegas to take on the Golden Knights on Tuesday night.
The Lightning look to add to their already impressive resume with a road victory against the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights who have been brilliant at home this season and are in track to qualify for the playoffs in their first season in existence. Tampa Bay has been steamrolling teams this season and it doesn’t matter whether they are at home or on the road, against the league’s top teams or doormats, or whether they are shorthanded or at full strength they have shown they are the league’s top team and should be considered the favourite to hoist the Stanley Cup in June. Tampa Bay is expected to send Andrei Vasilevskiy to the crease here as he will face off against Marc-Andre Fleury who got a nice victory in his return to action against his former team over the weekend.
The Knights meanwhile have ripped off six wins in their last seven contests and are a staggering 13-3 in their first 16 contests at T-Mobile Arena and while the league’s best are in town the Knights should feel confident they can at least keep this one close. Las Vegas still has some gaping holes but overall they have played much better than a lot of people have given them credit for and if they can get a victory in this spot against the Lightning it would certainly put the rest of the league on notice. Both teams have the capacity to fill the scoresheet as Tampa has hit the over in four of their last five road games and the Knights have hit 18 times in their first 27 games.
The Lightning are 5-0 in their last five against the Pacific and 21-5 in their last 26 against the West while the Knights are 6-1 in their last seven and 1-5 in their last six Tuesday games. Tampa Bay is a step ahead of the Knights right now and while taking the home side is tempting it would be foolish to pass on Tampa with the way they are playing at the moment.