Last Updated: 2019-02-12
Amalie Arena plays host to an enticing showdown as the Tampa Bay Lightning prepare to face the visiting Calgary Flames. It’s the last time that these two clubs will go at it in the regular season. This cross-continent matchup will get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 12 and it’ll be televised live on Sportsnet West.
Calgary Flames at Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
Tampa Bay (-155) is favored over Calgary (+135) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-140 to bet the over, +120 for the under).
Earning moneyline bettors 16.3 units, the Lightning are 41-15 straight up (SU) overall in the 2018-19 season. That winning percentage, ranked first in the league in this young season, is an improvement over the 54-28 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Through 56 regular season outings, 29 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 21-7 SU at home this season.
Tampa Bay currently touts the best power-play unit in the NHL, as it has converted on 29.3 percent of their extra-man advantages this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it’s successfully killed off 85.0 percent of all penalties.
Tampa Bay, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, 4.2 per game over its last five games total, and 3.4 per game over its last five at home. The team has had to stave off opposition power plays for 9.6 minutes per contest over its last five home games.
With a .926 save percentage and 30.7 saves per game, Andrei Vasilevskiy (22 wins, 11 losses, and four OT losses) has been the most dependable option in goal for the Lightning this season. If head coach Jon Cooper chooses to give him the night off, however, the Bolts may turn to Louis Domingue (18-4-4 record, .907 save percentage, 2.90 goals against average).
The Bolts will continue to look for offensive production from Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point. Kucherov (84 points) is up to 24 goals and 60 assists and has recorded multiple points 24 times this year. Point has 32 goals and 37 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 36 contests.
In the other locker room, Calgary is 34-21 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 7.0 units this year. A total of 32 of its matches have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. Calgary’s 17-11 SU as the visiting team this season.
Calgary has converted on 21.9 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 16th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
Calgary’s skaters have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 5.2 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
David Rittich (24.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary. Rittich has 21 wins, 12 losses, and five OT losses to his credit, while registering a .915 save percentage and 2.55 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Flames, the offense will be facilitated by Johnny Gaudreau, who has 46 assists and 29 goals on the year.
Calgary Flames at Tampa Bay Lightning Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Lightning, O/U – Over
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Four of Calgary’s last five outings have gone over the total.
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The Bolts this season have registered the seventh-most hits per game in the NHL (25.5).