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Lightning vs. Maple Leafs - 12/29/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Maple Leafs (20-12-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (22-11-4)
Date & Time Monday December 29, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -179 / Toronto Maple Leafs +161 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
RSNONT, SUN
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NHL | Toronto Maple Leafs (20-12-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (22-11-4)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning play Monday night at the Amalie Arena.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost four of their last five games and play their fourth straight road game. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have three power play goals in their last five games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 17 goals, James van Riemsdyk has 18 assists and Nazem Kadri has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 64 goals on 815 shots faced and James Reimer has given up 41 goals on 420 shots.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have split their last eight games and still lead the Atlantic. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t scored a power play goal in their last five games and have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 19 goals, Tyler Johnson has 24 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Evgeni Nabokov has allowed 23 goals on 214 shots faced and Ben Bishop has given up 60 goals on 702 shots.

The Maple Leafs are 17-35 in their last 52 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The Lightning are 12-3 in their last 15 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The Maple Leafs will be eager to get a nasty taste out of their mouth after blowing a huge lead to Florida on Sunday. I like the value of the plus money with a decent Toronto team on the road. 

Pick:
Toronto Maple Leafs +161

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