St. Louis Blues (35-15-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (34-16-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 12, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -125 / St. Louis Blues +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday night at the Amalie Arena.
The St. Louis Blues have won eight of their last 10 games and begin a two-game road trip. The Blues are averaging three goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The St. Louis Blues have scored one power play goal in their last five games and have won 11 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Vladimir Tarasenko leads the Blues with 28 goals, Alexander Steen has 27 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Brian Elliott has allowed 54 goals on 700 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 58 goals on 617 shots.
The Tampa Bay Lightning lead the Atlantic despite splitting their last eight games. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have zero power play goals in their last three games and have won seven straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 28 goals, Tyler Johnson has 34 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Evgeni Nabokov has allowed 29 goals on 245 shots faced and Ben Bishop has given up 96 goals on 1,088 shots.
The Blues are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 35-17 in their last 52 vs. Atlantic. The Lightning are 21-5 in their last 26 home games and 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blues are 2-5-1 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
While the Blues have been on fire lately, the Lightning have been nearly unbeatable on their home ice. I give Tampa Bay the advantage here in what should be a great game.