Arizona Coyotes (3-3-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (5-3-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 28, 2014, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -166 / Arizona Coyotes +151 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Arizona Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning play Tuesday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Arizona Coyotes begin a four-game road trip and look to improve above .500 with a victory. In order to do that, the Coyotes will need to improve their goaltending, as they’re 3.4 goals per game. Devan Dubnyk has allowed five goals on 52 shots and Mike Smith has allowed 19 goals on 143 shots faced. The Arizona Coyotes have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing three or more goals. The good news for the Coyotes is that they’ve dominated the power play by not allowing a goal in three straight games and scoring eight power play goals already this season. Offensively, Mikkel Boedker leads Arizona with five goals, Keith Yandle has seven assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 29 shots on goal.
The Tampa Bay Lightning return home after holding their own on a five-game road trip. However, the injury bug is once again playing a role with the Lightning as they’re are six different players either questionable or out for an extended period of time. Either way, Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with six goals, Tyler Johnson has seven assists and Nikita Kucherov has 17 shots on goal. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won 10 straight regular season games when scoring three or more goals. Defensively, the Lightning have allowed just four power play goals all season, which equals to a percentage of 86.2. Ben Bishop has allowed 15 goals on 183 shots and Evgeni Nabokov has allowed seven goals on 55 shots faced.
The Coyotes are 20-42 in their last 62 road games and 4-11 in their last 15 overall. The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-12 in their last 17 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Coyotes are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings.
The Arizona Coyotes have not been a very good road team recently, while the Lightning continue to play solid hockey on both sides of the ice. This is actually a decent price considering Tampa is the much better team, has had plenty of rest and is at home. The Lightning should get the job done here.