Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings - 12/29/19 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning

Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Amalie Arena)

TB -379 O/U 6.5

TV: DTV

The Detroit Red Wings take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The Red Wings are on a four-game losing streak after winning two straight games. 

The Red Wings have been incredibly terrible, resulting in a 9-26-3 record, the worst record of any team in the NHL. The Red Wings have the lowest goals per game average, averaging a low 2.16 goals per game and allowing a league-high 3.92 goals per game. Nothing is going right for the Red Wings, and it does not look like this will be improving any time soon as Anthony Mantha is back on injured reserve. Mantha is one of if not the best player on the Red Wings’ roster when he is healthy, but he has been hit with injuries this season and is a big reason why Detroit has been terrible.
 
The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off of a win over the Florida Panthers, crushing the Panthers 6-1. The win snapped a two-game losing streak, losing to the Dallas Stars and the Washington Capitals in the process. The Lightning leads the season series against Florida 2-1 at the moment. 

The Lightning is 18-13-4 on the season and sixth in the Atlantic Division. With the Lightning having Steven Stamkos back, it was thought that they would have done better so far, but they have fallen in the division despite Stamkos scoring goals. 

Detroit is 14-24 ATS this season
Red Wings are 20-41 in their last 61 games playing on 0 days rest.
Tampa is 13-22 ATS this season
Lightning is 41-10 in their last 51 vs. Atlantic.

The Red Wings really struggle against Tampa Bay as the Red Wings are 4-22 in the last 26 meetings against Tampa Bay. Tampa obviously has Detroit’s number, and the Lightning has the advantage of this one, not only being at home but dominating the Red Wings in the last few seasons. If the Red Wings are going to win this one, it will have to be because the Lightning is back to playing down to their competition, which they have done many times before this season. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Lightning wins 5-2.

Joshua’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 goals

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