On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Lightning are scheduled to take on the New Jersey Devils in a NHL betting odds bout. Tampa Bay comes into the week with a 45-29-5 record, for 95 points. The Lightning came into their game on Tuesday just 4 points behind the Florida Panthers for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. For New Jersey, they are wrapping up their 2015 – 2016 season. The Devils are 7th in the Metropolitan Division, with a 37-34-8 record. The Devils have 82 points, which is 2 points behind Carolina for 6th.
How To Bet on the Lightning vs. Devils NHL Odds, TV and Game Info
Why Bet on the Devils
The New Jersey Devils just can’t seem to get things going in the franchise. Last season, New Jersey recorded just a total of 78 points. The Devils are coming off a 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay, and then followed it up with a 3-1 loss at home to Buffalo. New Jersey is led offensively by Right Wing Kyle Palmieri with 54 points, including 29 goals and 25 assists. The Devils defensively are actually 7th in the league, allowing teams to score just 2.5 goals per game. New Jersey ranks in the Top 10 in both power play and penalty kill percentage.
Why Bet on the Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning took a tough 5-2 loss on the road at the New York Islanders on Monday. Tampa Bay remained in second place in the division with the loss. The Lightning are struggling without their captain Steven Stamkos, who will miss the remainder of the season, and postseason. Stamkos led the team with 36 goals on the season. Tampa Bay’s offense has been solid, scoring 2.7 goals per game, while they are allowing opponents to score 2.4 per game. The Lightning will not reach 100 points, which snaps a two season streak.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Tampa Bay Lightning would certainly love to go on the road and clinch their spot in the postseason. That’s their goal coming into this game certainly. The Lightning certainly have the offense to get this done, and should have no problem defending the weak offense of New Jersey. The Devils are playing out the end of the season, and that will be the case in this game. The bet for Thursday night in the National Hockey League is the Tampa Bay Lightning -133 over the New Jersey Devils.
The final score prediction: Tampa Bay 3 and New Jersey 1.