Tampa Bay Lightning (14-5-1) at Nashville Predators (14-5-1)
|Date & Time||Monday November 19, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -140 / Tampa Bay Lightning +127 --- Over/Under: 6
The Tampa Bay Lighting and Nashville Predators meet Monday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lighting look to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 29.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 14 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 16 assists and Yanni Gourde has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 30 goals on 412 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 25 goals on 226 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or more goals in four of their last eight games.
The Nashville Predators look for a statement win here after losing three of their last four games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 12.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 12 goals, Ryan Johansen has 15 assists and Kyle Turris has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 18 goals on 316 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 27 goals on 278 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games and 87-42 in their last 129 overall. The Predators are 54-25 in their last 79 home games, 35-16 in their last 51 Monday games and 40-18 in their last 58 overall. The Lightning are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville, 2-8 in the last 10 meetings and the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
It's tough to turn down the Tampa Bay Lighting and plus money given how consistent they are and the fact they always have a chance to win regardless of the situation. However, the Nashville Predators have owned the Lighting over the years, which includes winning eight of the last 10 meetings and outscoring them 8-2 in the last two meetings. At home, I have to play the trends here and back the Predators and the reasonable price.