Boston Bruins (14-9-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (21-7-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 6, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -180 / Boston Bruins +145 --- Over/Under: 6
The Tampa Bay Lightning welcome the Boston Bruins to town for an NHL matchup on Thursday.
The Boston Bruins have been in a funk the past week with losses in three of four after a 5-0 loss at Florida on Tuesday. The Bruins offense ran in to a hot goalie while their own defense struggled with Jaroslav Halak giving up all five goals on 44 shots.
Mike Hoffman led the Panthers offense with a pair of goals with Mike Matheson, Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov all lighting the lamp. Huberdeau and Keith Yandle had two assists each with Aleksander Barkov adding three helpers to make an easy winner of Florida and the 33 stops of Roberto Luongo.
The surging Tampa Bay Lightning have racked up wins in eight of ten after outscoring Detroit 6-5 in a SO on Tuesday. The Red Wings received a pair of goals from Gustav Nyquist with Frans Nielsen logging a hat trick. Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou each assisted twice and Jimmy Howard gave up five goals on 35 shots for Detroit.
The Lightning receive two goals from Mathieu Joseph with Steven Stamkos, JT Miller and Cedric Paquette also joining the scoring column. Ryan Callahan posted two assists for Tampa Bay who won the shootout 2-1 with Edward Pasquale recording 19 saves.
Under is 6-0-1 in Bruins last 7 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 4-0-1 in Bruins last 5 following a loss of 3 or more goals and under is 9-1-2 in Bruins last 12 Thursday games. Over is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 vs. Atlantic and over is 7-1 in Lightning last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and over is 5-1-2 in Lightning last 8 home games. Bruins are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and under is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings and under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay.
The Bruins have too much talent to simply overlook them but I am looking at the hotter squad…