Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Lightning and Bruins. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Bruins at TD Garden in Boston, MA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this game is set at 6 goals, and the Bruins are the home favorites against the Lightning in a Atlantic division matchup.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS BOSTON BRUINS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Boston Bruins -1.5
This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.
WHY BET THE BOSTON BRUINS:
- Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Bruins picking up a 4-3 win.
- Take the Bruins on the moneyline
- On the spread, we like Lightning (+1.5)
Will the Lightning Make it Happen in Boston?
This season, the Lightning have a mark of 19-16-5. When going on the road, Tampa Bay has a record of 8-11-2 record, while they are 11-5-3 at their home arena. Their current record places them 4th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 9th in the Eastern conference.
Tampa Bay is 19-21 against the puck line this season. On the road, their puck line record sits at 8-13 compared to 11-8 at home. The average goal total for Tampa Bay’s games is sitting at 6.7. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Lightning come in with an over/under record of 17-19-4.
In their last three games away from home, the Lightning have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
For their offensive performance, the Lightning come in averaging 3.2 goals per game this season, which is 7th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 9th in the league. Tampa Bay’s offense is currently ranked 1st in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 31st in the league.
Tampa Bay’s leading scorer is Nikita Kucherov. So far, he has 27 goals which is 2nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Kucherov has 37 assists this season.
Defensively, the Bruins are currently 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.9 shots per game against Boston. They also are 12th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the start and has made 17 starts this season. His record at this point is 9-8, and his save percentage is 0.6274509803921569%.
Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Boston?
As they head into their game vs. the Lightning, the Bruins have a 23-8-6 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 11-3-3, and they have a 12-5-3 mark on the road. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 2nd in the Eastern conference.
When it came to the puck line, Boston heads in with a 20-17 record. On the road, their mark is 11-9 and their overall home performance is 9-8 vs. the puck line. This season, Boston’s games have an average of 6 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 5.9. The Bruins come in with an over/under performance of 18-19-0.
The Bruins are 3-0 puck line in their last three home games and 3-0 straight-up.
On offense, the Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game which is 14th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 22nd in the league. Boston’s offense is currently ranked 9th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 30th in the league.
Boston’s leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. So far this season, he has 23 goals, placing him 6th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 30 assists so far.
The Bruins defense is currently 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.9 shots per game against Boston. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 12th with 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Tampa Bay, goalie Linus Ullmark has started 18 games in this season. His current record is 12-5, and his save percentage stands at 0.7843137254901961%.