Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Arizona Coyotes - 1/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Arizona Coyotes at Tampa Bay Lightning

Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Amalie Arena)

TB -200 O:U 6.5

TV: DTV

The Arizona Coyotes go to Tampa, Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday at the Amalie Arena. The Arizona Coyotes are coming off of a four-game winning streak, defeating the Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks, and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Arizona is 25-16-4 on the season, and have an excellent record on the road, being 13-6-3. Much of their success has to do with their goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper, who had the best goals allowed average in all of the NHL before the game against Minnesota. However, Kuemper will be out with an injury at the moment, and now the Coyotes will have to improve their defense to make sure they do not start leaking goals. Since Kuemper has been out, Arizona has been inconsistent, but they are beginning to find a rhythm without Kuemper, and now might be able to get back on track. 

The Tampa Bay Lightning are also on an eight-game winning streak and are arguably playing the best hockey of any team in the NHL. The Lightning is coming off of a crushing win over the Vancouver Canucks, who were on a long winning streak themselves. The win for the Lightning has put them at the forefront of the best teams in the NHL right now, as the Lightning defeated the Canucks 9-2. 

The Lightning is playing unbelievable right now, and now have a record of 25-13-4 on the season. Tampa Bay is currently third in the Atlantic Division. The Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the best offensive teams in all of the NHL, scoring the fourth-most goals in the NHL and play the most power play, playing 29.2% on power plays.

Arizona is 28-17 ATS this season
Over is 20-24-1 for the Coyotes this season
Tampa Bay is 18-24 ATS this season
Over is 25-16-1 for the Lightning this season

This is a matchup of two of the hottest teams in the NHL right now. The Tampa Bay Lightning are likely the best team in the last two weeks, and the Arizona Coyotes have played terrific themselves. Although the Arizona Coyotes have seemed to fix their goaltending issues, I still fear that the Tampa Bay Lightning's offense is going to be too much for the Coyotes. With the win the Lightning is coming off of, it's too hard to see the Lightning losing any time soon. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4.
 

Joshua’s Pick Tampa Bay -200

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.