Amalie Arena will be the site for an intriguing showdown as the Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the visiting Ottawa Senators. This Atlantic Division matchup gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 17, and it’s being shown live on Fox Sports Sun.
Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
Losing 8.8 units for moneyline gamblers, Tampa Bay is 16-15 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, ranked second in the Atlantic Division so far this season, is a big slide from what the team recorded during last year’s regular season (62-20). Of its 31 games this season, 18 have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 8-8 SU at home this year.
The Lightning currently tout the third-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as the team has scored on 28.8 percent of their extra-man opportunities this season. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Lightning have been penalized 4.1 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 8.6 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall.
Averaging 28.2 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Andrei Vasilevskiy (13-10-1) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for Tampa Bay this season. If head coach Jon Cooper decides to give him the night off, however, the team may go with Curtis McElhinney (3-5-5 record, .898 save percentage, 3.62 goals against average).
The Bolts will continue to rely on offensive production from Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. Kucherov (34 points) is up to 10 goals and 24 assists and has recorded multiple points nine times this year. Stamkos has 13 goals and 16 assists to his name and has notched a point in 18 games.
In the other locker room, Ottawa is 14-20 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 34 regular season contests, 17 of its games have gone under the total, while 16 have gone over and none have pushed. As the road team , the Senators are 5-15 SU.
The Senators have converted on just 10.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 32nd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all penalties.
Ottawa’s players have been penalized 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 5.4 per game over their past five games. The team’s had to kill penalties 12.0 minutes per game over their last five road outings.
Anders Nilsson (3.18 goals against average and .908 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Nilsson is averaging 28.5 saves per game and has nine wins, 11 losses, and two OT losses to his credit.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Senators will be Anthony Duclair (18 goals, seven assists) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (16 goals, eight assists).
Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Lightning, O/U – Over
Four of Ottawa’s last five games have gone over the total.
Six of Ottawa’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-4 in those games.
This game features two of the more physical defenses in the league. Ottawa skaters have accounted for the league’s fifth-most hits per game (26.4) and the Bolts have tallied the 10th-most (23.3).