In the second game of the first round of the Eastern Conference postseason; the Detroit Red Wings will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. The Lightning came away with a pro hockey odds win in Game 1 by the score of 3-2. The Red Wings finished the regular season tied with Boston for the final seed in the postseason. Due to tiebreaker rules, the Red Wings made the postseason with 93 points. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, they finished with 97 points, and second place in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning finished 6 points behind the Florida Panthers.
How To Bet on the Red Wings vs. Lightning NHL Playoff Odds, TV and Game Info
Why Bet the Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings have the storied history, but over the last several seasons, have struggled to get by in the postseason. Detroit this season have been outscored by 13 goals coming into the postseason. The offense for the Red Wings ranks 23rd, scoring just 2.5 goals per game. Detroit’s defense is 17th in the league with 2.7 goals allowed. The Red Wings top scorer has been Henrik Zetterberg, with 37 assists and 13 goals. Detroit received goals in the Game 1 loss from Mike Green and Justin Abdelkader.
Why Bet the Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning love what they get between the pipes from Ben Bishop. Bishop was a great part of the reason why Tampa Bay finished 5th in the league, allowing just 2.4 goals per game. The Lightning are without their top scorer Steven Stamkos, who finished the season with 36 goals. In the postseason win on Wednesday night, Tampa Bay started the game with a goal from Nikita Kucherov. After falling behind 2-1, the Lightning got a second goal from Kucherov to tie the game, and then won the game with a goal from Alex Killhorn.
Expert Pick & Score Prediction
The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to put a nice lead ahead of them before heading to the Motor City for the next two games. Ben Bishop is a guy that can get hot, and really keep opposing teams out of the net. The Tampa Bay Lightning are really banged up, but appear to be clicking with the players that are available. The Red Wings are going to go back home without a win. The bet for this game is going to be the Tampa Bay Lightning -150 over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.
The final score prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Detroit Red Wings.