Bruins vs Lightning NHL Lines & Game Preview

Bruins vs Lightning NHL Lines & Game Preview

Written by on December 6, 2018

The Boston Bruins battle the Tampa Bay Lightning in a huge Eastern Conference throw down on Thursday, Dec. 6. Boston will try to keep pace with the top 3 teams in the Atlantic Division, Tampa, Toronto, and Buffalo. Beating the Lightning on the road’s no easy task. Will the Bruins get it done? Or, will Tampa Bay show Boston why they’re favored to win the Stanley Cup?

Bruins vs Lightning NHL Lines & Game Preview

  • When: Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm ET
  • Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
  • TV: NESN
  • Radio: Boston / Tampa Bay
  • Live Stream: NHL.tv
  • Moneyline Odds: Tampa Bay -170
  • Over/Under Total Odds: 6 (-110)
  • Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh -1 ½ +160

Why Boston Bruins are a good bet +145?

Sounds crazy, but these two haven’t hit the ice against each other since last May. Boston’s on a 1-3 slide where they dropped games at Toronto, at Florida, and versus Detroit. Sandwiched in between the losses was a victory over the Islanders, 2-1 via shootout.

Although the Bruins haven’t played well, they should perk up facing nemesis Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Tampa often brings out the best in Boston. The Bruins feel they can challenge Tampa for the division. They can prove it on Dec. 6.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Goals For: 2.6
  • Shots For: 31.3
  • Power Plays: 27.6%
  • Face-Offs: 49.1%
Defense:
  • Goals Against: 2.6
  • Shots Against: 32
  • Penalty Kills: 76.7%
  • Shutouts: 2

Why Tampa Bay Lightning are a good bet -170?

Are the Lightning a safe bet this Thursday night?

The Tampa Bay Lightning head into this match on fire. The Lightning have struck down 7 of their last 10 opponents. In many of the matches, it wasn’t even close.

They beat Florida 7-3 on Nov. 21 and dominated New Jersey twice in 5-1 and 5-2 victories. Tampa Bay’s so hot that they even pulled out a 6-5 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings on the road in their last.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Goals For: 3.9
  • Shots For: 33
  • Power Plays: 28.2%
  • Face-Offs: 50.4%
Defense:
  • Goals Against: 2.9
  • Shots Against: 31.3
  • Penalty Kills: 82.2%
  • Shutouts: 1

NHL Betting Trends for Bruins vs Lightning

  • Boston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston’s last 9 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games

Bruins vs Lightning Final NHL Betting Analysis

Not only are the Tampa Bay Lightning the pick based on trends, but the Lightning are also close to unbeatable at home. Tampa’s gone 11-4 at home this season.

The Bruins are Tampa’s first opponent in a 4-game home stand. They should easily handle Boston and there’s an excellent chance that they take down the Bruins by more than a single goal. The moneyline odds aren’t that bad everything considered, but this is a good spot to take a swing. The real value lies on the puck line.  

NHL Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning -1 ½ +160
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