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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings - 10/26/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Red Wings (4-5-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (8-1-1)
Date & Time Thursday October 26, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -215 / Detroit Red Wings +193 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, SunSports
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NHL action comes to the Sunshine State where the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Detroit Red Wings.

The Detroit Red Wings look to snap an early season slide with a trip to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Detroit comes in off of a 1-0 defeat at the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night that saddled the team with five straight losses.

Defense was the name of the game and Sabres net minder Robin Lehner sole the show as he earned shutout number six of his career with a solid 32 save performance to improve to 3-5-2. Benoit Pouliot’s second period tally was all Buffalo needed for their second straight win.

The Red Wings couldn’t light the lamp but it wasn’t for lack of shots with 32 but it was a hot Robin Lehner that did them in. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard was outstanding in defeat with 31 stops as the team fell to 4-5-1. 

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to continue their winning ways when the Detroit Red Wings come to town on Thursday night. Tampa Bay upped their record to 8-1-1 following a 5-1 road win versus the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Lightning were at the top of their game at both ends of the ice with a balanced attack being too much for the Hurricanes. Tyler Johnson scored a first period power play goal with Mikhail Sergachev, Vladimir Namestnikov, Ryan Callahan and Nikita Kucherov each lighting the lamp.

Steven Stamkos added a pair of helpers for Tampa Bay while Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded 31 stops. Jacob Slavin tallied the lone goal for Carolina and Scott Darling absorbed the loss with three goals allowed on 27 shots. 

Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 overall and Lightning are 7-0 in their last 7 home games and Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. Lightning are 7-0 in their last 7 home games and Lightning are 7-0 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and Lightning are 7-0 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. Red Wings are 2-14 in the last 16 meetings in Tampa Bay and over is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay and home team is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings. 

Tampa Bay is hot and has done well in this matchup so knocking down the juice is the problem... 

Pick:
Tampa Bay -.5 // will update

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