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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/15/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Red Wings (23-23-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (38-16-3)
Date & Time Thursday February 15, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -242 / Detroit Red Wings +216 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, SunSports
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NHL | Detroit Red Wings (23-23-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (38-16-3)
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Thursday night NHL action features the Detroit  Red Wings visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Detroit Red Wings are in danger of missing out on the playoffs for the second straight season unless the team can regroup with a monster hot streak to end 2017-18. The Red Wings have won back to back contests following a 4-1 decision versus the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

The Ducks offense was held in check until Adam Henrigue scored with less then four minutes remained. The Red Wings received an unassisted goal from Dylan Larkin with Frans Nielsen scoring in the second to make a winner of Jimmy Howard and his 32 stops while John Gibson absorbed the loss with 14 saves.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have largely avoided losing streaks on the way to first place in the Atlantic but the team has dropped consecutive games after a 5-3 loss at Buffalo. The Lightning received goals from Yanni Gourde, Vladislav Namestnikov and Ryan Callahan but Louis Dominique allowed four goals on 32 shots to get the loss.

Sam Reinhart paced the Sabres attack with a power play tally and an empty netter while Nicholas Baptiste, Scott Wilson and Ryan O’Reilly also joined the scoring column. Buffalo received two assists from O’Reilly as well to lift Chad Johnson and his 26 saves to the win. 

Under is 4-0 in Red Wings last 4 games following a win and Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 Thursday games and over is 9-2 in Red Wings last 11 Thursday games. Over is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 vs. Atlantic and over is 6-0 in Lightning last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and over is 5-0 in Lightning last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation. Red Wings are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Tampa Bay and Red Wings are 8-25 in the last 33 meetings and home team is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings. 

The Red Wings are dangerous because they are desperate but I’m still going with Tampa Bay for now…

Pick:
Tampa Bay -1 // will update

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