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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings - 3/30/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Red Wings (31-33-12) at Tampa Bay Lightning (37-29-9)
Date & Time Thursday March 30, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -201 / Detroit Red Wings +180 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, SunSports
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The Detroit Red Wings invade Amalie Arena to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL hockey action.

The Detroit Red Wings have made history with 25 consecutive seasons of making the playoffs but there won’t be a 26th year after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes officially eliminated them on Tuesday night.  A tired Red Wings club were playing their third game in as many days and struggled offensively with Tomas Nosek scoring his first career goal. Jimmy Howard was charged with the loss with a 28 save performance not enough. The Hurricanes had dropped five in a row to the Red Wings on home ice but not this time with plenty of scoring and defense versus a tired squad being key. The Canes attack produced goals from Joakim Nordstrom, Lee Stempniak, Jordan Staal and Elias Nordstrom with Cam Ward stopping 21 shots as Carolina improved to 8-0-4 in their last 12.

Facing the Chicago Blackhawks is never an easy task for any team and to beat them when trailing by three goals is something that doesn’t happen often but the Tampa Bay Lightning did exactly that in a 5-4, overtime victory on Monday night to stay right on the heels of the Boston Bruins for the second Wild Card. Yanni Gourde put the finishing touch on the comeback with his breakaway tally with 35 seconds left in the extra session. Jonathan Drouin scored twice with Anton Stralman and Ondrej Palat also lighting the lamp for the Lightning. The Blackhawks received goals from Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin, Richard Panik and Tomas Jurco while the loss went to Scott Darling who made 25 saves.

The Red Wings are 5-0 in their last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and the under is 5-1 in Red Wings last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game while the under is 5-1 in Red Wings last 6 vs. Atlantic. The under is 6-1 in Lightning last 7 games following a win and the Lightning are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic while the under is 5-1 in Lightning last 6 vs. Atlantic. The Red Wings are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Tampa Bay and the home team is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings while the over is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay.

The over has been the better total and the Lightning have done very well so I lean Tampa Bay pending goalie confirmation…

Pick:
Tampa Bay -.5 // will update

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