New Jersey Devils (45-32-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (57-24-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 21, 2018, 3:33 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -295 / New Jersey Devils +215 --- Over/Under: 6
The New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lighting meet Saturday in game five of the NHL Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs at the Amalie Arena.
The New Jersey Devils need a victory here in order to force a game six on Monday. The New Jersey Devils are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with two goals, Will Butcher has two assists and Blake Coleman has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up four goals on 82 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed nine goals on 46 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Tampa Bay Lighting need a victory here in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with four goals, Steven Stamkos has four assists and Alex Killorn has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up nine goals on 142 shots faced. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 12 games.
The Devils are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games, 42-18 in their last 60 home games and 65-31 in their last 96 overall. The Devils are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay, the home team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings and the over is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils have been badly outplayed in this series and have been outscored 10-5 in the two road games. The Tampa Bay Lighting have lost just six home games since January 20 and have been an offensive machine the last several weeks. The New Jersey Devils appear to be a team that's outmatched in this series and have allowed five goals in three of their last five games. I'll take the Lightning and the puck line to increase the value of the bet.