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Vancouver Canucks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 12/18/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning (25-7-2) at Vancouver Canucks (16-16-4)
Date & Time Tuesday December 18, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +180 / Tampa Bay Lightning -175 --- Over/Under: 6.5
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Vancouver Canucks meet in NHL action from Rogers Arena on Tuesday night.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to rebound after having their 8-game winning streak snapped thanks to a 5-4 overtime loss to Winnipeg in their last outing. Alex Killorn opened the scoring for the Bolts before the Jets equalized just before the end of the opening period, giving us a 1-1 tie after the 1st. Winnipeg took the lead but that advantage lasted all of :37 before Steven Stamkos tied the game and Tyler Johnson buried to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead that was erased just 1:10 later for a 3-3 tie heading into the final period. Nikita Kucherov gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead and almost held on, but Winnipeg would tie the game and send it to overtime where Mark Scheifele would be the overtime hero for the Jets and send the Lightning back with just a single point to show for their hard work. Andrei Vasilevskiy took the OT loss to fall to 10-3-2 this season after allowing all 5 goals on 42 shots in the losing effort.

The Vancouver Canucks will be looking to build on a 6-game point streak after a 4-2 win over Edmonton in their last outing. We had a scoreless stalemate through the first period before Edmonton opened the scoring 1:40 into the 2nd period. Alex Edler and Brock Boeser would score 2:57 apart to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play and Elias Pettersson would add to that cushion just 3:04 into the 3rd period. Edmonton would pull a goal back late but Bo Horvat would ice the game with an empty netter to seal the deal for Vancouver in the win. Jacob Markstrom got the win to improve to 13-9-3 this season after stopping 20 of 22 shots faced in the winning effort.

Tampa Bay is 15-6 in their last 21 road games and 36-15 in their last 51 games overall while the over is 27-10-1 in their last 38 games against a team with a losing record. Vancouver is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 5-11 in their last 16 games against the Atlantic division while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. The over is 17-6-3 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Vancouver.

On the surface, the common pick would be to take Tampa Bay to get back to their winning ways as a loss on the road to Winnipeg is nothing to sneeze at given the Jets’ solid form at home over the last year or so. However, Vancouver has been playing well in their own right and could be worth a look at plus money. However, picking a side is harder than expected, so instead, I’m going to side with the over. Tampa Bay has scored 5 or more goals in 7 of their 9 games during this point streak, while the Canucks have scored 4 or more in 5 of their last 6 games. Hard to see this one not going over the total.

Over 6.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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