Tampa Bay Lightning (31-17-5) at Ottawa Senators (23-20-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 30, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -121 / Tampa Bay Lightning +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to continue their dominance over the Ottawa Senators when the two teams meet again Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Tampa Bay has won the previous two meetings and has won four of the last five.
Tampa Bay is still one of the better teams in hockey and has won three of its last four, but the defense could improve. It’s allowed 16 goals in the last five games, which is somewhat surprising considering goalie Ben Bishop was so consistent earlier in the season. His production has really dipped in the month of January. Offensively, the Lightening are still where they would like to be, scoring 16 goals in the last four games.
Ottawa knows what it’s like to have struggling goaltending, as it has been the story of the season. In the last six games, the Senators have allowed 21 goals. If a team has any type of offense at all, there’s a chance that game is going to feature a goal or two. Offensively, center Jason Spezza is starting to show a little life, producing five points in his last five games.
As for a pick, it’s surprising to see Tampa Bay as the slight underdogs. The Lightening are obviously the better team and have one of the best offenses in the NHL, which does bode well against a poor Ottawa defense.
Ottawa is only 11-11-2-3 at home, while Tampa Bay is 15-11-1-1 on the road. Tampa Bay is also 7-1 in games where its opponents have allowed two goals or less in its previous game.
You gotta love the Lightening getting plus money.
I’ll take my chances.