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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/27/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Flyers (15-16-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (28-7-2)
Date & Time Thursday December 27, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -215 / Philadelphia Flyers +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCS
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Thursday NHL action brings us the Philadelphia Flyers visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Philadelphia Flyers have enjoyed some success since their coaching change with wins in three of four after upending the NY Rangers 3-2 in a SO on Sunday. Chris Kreider and Boo Nieves lit the lamp for New York but the team did not score in the shootout and the 39 saves of Henrik Lundqvist salvaged a point.

The Flyers saw Michael Raffl score in the second with Wayne Simmonds lighting the lamp in the third on the power play. Nolan Patrick scored the only goal of the shootout in the 4thround while Michal Neuvirth won it for Philadelphia with 32 saves.

The red hot Tampa Bay Lightning have racked up wins in 11-12 following a 6-3 win at Edmonton on Saturday. The Oilers received scoring from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Alex Chiasson and Leon Draistaitl. Connor McDavid added three helpers and Mikko Koskinen absorbed the loss with five goals allowed on 44 shots.

Tyler Johnson and Steven Stamkos paced the Tampa Bay offensive burst with two goals with Nikita Kucherov and JT Miller also providing markers. Brayden Point assisted twice and Kucherov added four helpers to make a winner of the Lightning and the 25 saves of Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Over is 8-1 in Flyers last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest and Flyers are 1-6 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and Flyers are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win. Lightning are 7-0 in their last 7 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and Lightning are 6-0 in their last 6 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days and over is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 overall. Flyers are 2-10 in the last 12 meetings in Tampa Bay and over is 7-2-2 in the last 11 meetings in Tampa Bay and Flyers are 6-15 in the last 21 meetings. 

The numbers spell this out; the over hits when these teams take the ice… 

Pick:
over 5.5 // will update

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