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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Arizona Coyotes - 3/26/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Coyotes (25-39-11) at Tampa Bay Lightning (51-20-4)
Date & Time Monday March 26, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -285 / Arizona Coyotes +252 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSAZ+, SUN, TVA
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NHL | Arizona Coyotes (25-39-11) at Tampa Bay Lightning (51-20-4)
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The Arizona Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lighting meet Monday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Arizona Coyotes look for a confidence building win after splitting their last 12 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 22 goals, Derek Stepan has 40 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 63 goals on 587 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 91 goals on 1,236 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 15 games.

The Tampa Bay Lighting have lost back-to-back games just twice since the beginning of February. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 24.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 37 goals, Steven Stamkos has 59 assists and Brayden Point has 202 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 155 goals on 1,956 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 27 goals on 217 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.

The Coyotes are 24-71 in their last 95 road games, 9-4 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 25-51 in their last 76 overall. The Lightning are 38-16 in their last 54 home games, 20-6 in their last 26 vs. Western Conference and 59-26 in their last 85 overall. The Coyotes are 6-15 in the last 21 meetings and the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.

It's no secret the Tampa Bay Lighting are probably the best team in hockey, and they've lost back-to-back games just twice in the last two months. The Arizona Coyotes are a young club that struggled big time ofr much of the season, but they've been playing with confidence lately and have put together some nice victories. The Coyotes will be a team to keep an eye on next year. I'm taking a chance with the big plus money here, as I'm not laying almost -300 odds in a hockey game. The Arizona Coyotes are playing their best hockey of the season and have actually won two of the last three meetings against the Tampa Bay Lighting. There's value with a chance to make 2.5 times your money.

Pick:
Arizona Coyotes +252

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