Philadelphia Flyers (4-3-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (6-3-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 30, 2014, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -161 / Philadelphia Flyers +146 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning play Thursday at the Amalie Arena.
The Philadelphia Flyers are on a bit of a roll with three straight victories and they’ve climbed back into the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers are getting the job done offensively by averaging 3.2 goals per game and producing 12 goals in their last three games. The Flyers are also getting it done on the power play, scoring 24.2 percent of the time. Wayne Simmonds and Michael Raffl have combined for 10 goals, Jakub Voracek has 11 assists and Claude Giroux has 43 shots on goal. The Philadelphia Flyers have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring at least three goals. Defensively, Ray Emery has allowed 11 goals on 145 shots and Steve Mason has given up 18 goals on 147 shots faced. While the goaltending could certainly improve, the Flyers haven’t allowed a power play goal in three straight games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won three of their last four games and are sitting nicely in the Atlantic Division. The Lighting have shown to be a balanced team but their offense has really picked things up this season by scoring four or more goals in four of their last eight games. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with six goals, Tyler Johnson has 11 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 23 shots on goal. The Tampa Bay Lightning are scoring on the power play 24.3 percent of the time and they’ve won 11 straight regular season games when scoring three or more goals overall. Defensively, Ben Bishop has allowed 18 goals on 208 shots and Evgeni Nabokov has allowed seven goals on 55 shots. The Lightning haven’t allowed a power play goal in two straight games.
The Flyers are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. The Lightning are 36-17 in their last 53 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Flyers are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay.
If there's one thing these two teams can do, it's put the puck in the net. There's no value in taking Tampa Bay to win, so I'm siding with the over here. Besides, the over is 3-0-2 in the last five meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.