The Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Saturday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to keep up their current 7-game winning streak after a 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in their last outing. Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Points and Ryan Callahan each scored in a span of 7:37 to give the Bolts a 3-0 lead after the 1st period before Ryan McDonagh added a 4th just :25 into the 2nd period. Los Angeles finally got on the board but Steven Stamkos responded in the latter stages of the 2nd to give Tampa Bay a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Mathieu Joseph made it 6 for the Bolts to seal a deal even though the Kings pulled a consolation goal back late in the game. Andrei Vasilevskiy got the win to improve to 16-3-2 this season after stopping 28 of the 30 shots faced in the winning effort.
The San Jose Sharks will look to build some steam after a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche in their last outing. San Jose and Colorado traded goals in the 1st, with Joe Pavelski opening the scoring for San Jose before Colorado tied it up and Brent Burns gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead after the opening 20 minutes. San Jose jumped out to a 5-1 advantage by scoring 3 goals in a span of 12:18 thanks to Evander Kane, Joonas Donskoi and Lukas Radil. Colorado would pull a goal back just :16 later and cut the deficit to 5-4 late in the 3rd but the Sharks closed up shop and went home with a nice road win. Martin Jones got the win to improve to 17-8-4 this season after stopping 31 of 35 shots faced in the victory.
Tampa Bay is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Pacific division and 39-13 in their last 52 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 road games. San Jose is 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Atlantic division and 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games overall. The road team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
I know San Jose has been a solid team at home this season, so getting them at even money is tempting almost every time… except this time. We’re getting the hottest team in the league, that’s won 7 straight, 15 of 16 and has picked up at least a point in 16 straight games for this low of a price? Sign me up. The Bolts haven’t ended a game without a point since the end of November, and I’m not hopping off of this money train until it slows down. The road team has also had a ton of success, winning 7 of the last 9 meetings. Give me Tampa Bay here.