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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/7/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild at Tampa Bay Lightning
Date & Time Thursday March 7, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
The Line
Tampa Bay Lightning -250; O/U: 6
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The Minnesota Wild look to continue their success on the road as they face off against the league’s best team in the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

The Wild look for their 5th win in their last 6 road games and send the Lightning to a rare home loss as the two sides meet up in Tampa Bay on Thursday night in what is quickly becoming desperation time for the Wild. Minnesota has had a ton of success against Atlantic division foes as they are 35-17 in their last 52 games but they are winless in their last 5 trips to Amalie Arena and the favorite is 9-4 in their last 13 meetings. Minnesota in 5-2 in their last 7 games overall but they have been horrendous on the road as a heavy underdog and in this spot against the league’s President’s Trophy front runners they find themselves as a pricy play where the odds makers are assuming another Lightning walk over. Devan Dubnyk is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Andrei Vasilevskiy who is in the running for another Vezina Trophy nod as the league’s top netminder.

The Lightning have been surgical this season and have demolished the competition both in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference and if they can stay healthy and not peak too early they are the odds on favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay is a staggering 42-10 in their last 52 games as a favorite and are 22-8 in their last 30 games against the Central division but with the season continuing to wind down and the odds makers continuing to give Tampa Bay opponents ridiculous odds it is tough to find any value in Tampa games. The Bolts are 5-0 in their last 5 home games against the Wild and are 40-19 in their last 59 games against the Western Conference and are in a good position to continue those trends tonight.

The Wild are 5-22 in their last 27 games as a heavy road dog and have hit the Under in 7 of their last 9 games while Tampa is 40-15 in their last 55 against a team with a losing record and have hit the Under in 10 of their last 14 against Minnesota. Minnesota needs to get a win here but it’ll be too tall of a task and will have to focus on their game Saturday against the Panthers.

Pick:
Tampa Bay Lightning -0.5
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