Boston Bruins (49-17-12) at Tampa Bay Lightning (52-23-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 3, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under:
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The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lighting meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The Boston Bruins look for a statement road victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 34 goals, David Pastrnak has 45 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 208 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 114 goals on 1,416 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 74 goals on 848 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Tampa Bay Lighting could also use a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 38 goals, Steven Stamkos has 59 assists and Brayden Point has 211 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 162 goals on 2,010 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 10 games.
The Bruins are 15-3 in their last 18 Tuesday games, 26-8 in their last 34 vs. Eastern Conference and 43-18 in their last 61 overall. The Lightning are 10-4 in their last 14 Tuesday games, 38-18 in their last 56 home games and 60-29 in their last 89 overall. The Bruins are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay, 42-17 in the last 59 meetings and the under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
The Boston Bruins are not only playing better and more consistent hockey at the moment, but they've won eight of the last nine meetings against the Tampa Bay Lighting, which includes five straight on the road. Just last month alone, the Bruins outscored the Lighting 7-2 in two meetings. The Tampa Bay Lighting are a tough team to bet against on their home ice, but sometimes a team just has your number, and it feels like this is one of those spots. Give me the Bruins on the road.