Tampa Bay Lightning (31-16-5) at Toronto Maple Leafs (27-21-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 28, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -105 / Tampa Bay Lightning -105 --- Over/Under: 5½
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs will meet for the first time Tuesday night in what will be the first of four meetings between the two teams this season. It should be a great matchup between two of the better teams in the Atlantic Division, and this rivalry has produced some highly entertaining games in the past.
Tampa Bay has been playing great hockey all season and has won three games in a row. Goalie Ben Bishop has improved to an impressive 26-6 on the season, while center Tyler Johnson has scored a combined four goals in his last two games. The Lightening continue to score goals with the best of them, as a total of eight players have scored at least 10 goals this season. On this winning streak, there have been a combined 14 goals scored.
Toronto hasn’t been nearly as flashy on the offensive end is probably just happy to be returning home after a two-game road skid. However, before losing to Dallas and Winnipeg, the Maple Leafs were enjoying a six-game winning streak. Goalie Johnathan Bernier has allowed at least three goals in six of his last nine starts, which has helped lead to many close games and the back-to-back road losses.
This matchup is a real toss-up, and you can probably expect a good share of goals with the way Tampa Bay lights it up and the way Bernier has defended as of late. Given the offensive firepower of the Lightening, I have to go with the road team.
Tampa Bay is 9-2 in its last 11 road games and is 6-1 in its last seven games against Atlantic competition.
Toronto has just been too shaky this season protecting the net.