The Lightning and Kings are set to face off at 10:30 ET on ESPN+. The Kings will host the game at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6 goals, and the Kings are favored by -1.5 vs. the Lightning.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS LOS ANGELES KINGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Los Angeles Kings -1.5

This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:30 ET on Saturday, March 23rd.

WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES KINGS:

  • Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Kings picking up a 4-3 win.
  • Take the Kings on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Lightning (+1.5)

Is a Road Win Possible for Tampa Bay?

Heading into tonight’s game, Tampa Bay is in 6th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 38-25-6. In the Atlantic Division, they sit in 4th place. Over their last ten games, the Lightning have gone 7-3, and they have won their last five games.

On the road this season, Tampa Bay has a record of 17-16-2, and they have won three straight games away from home. When playing as the underdog, the Lightning have gone 13-12-4 this season.

On the road this season, Tampa Bay has gone 17-18 against the puck line, and they have an average scoring margin of -.3 goals per game. So far, the Lightning have been the underdog in 29 of their 69 games, and their puck line record as the underdog is 18-11.

Overall, the team’s puck line record is 36-33, and they have won their last five games against the puck line. In their last ten road games, the Lightning have gone 7-3 against the puck line.

For the season, Tampa Bay’s games have finished with an average of 6.9 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.5. Overall, the Lightning have an over/under record of 34-31-4.

Tampa Bay has played well in their previous three road games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 6th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 23rd in the league. Looking at how the Lightning’s offense is performing during power plays, they are 1st in power play goals and 20th in shorthanded goals.

Tampa Bay’s leading scorer is Nikita Kucherov. So far, he has 41 goals which is 6th in the NHL. Kucherov also comes into the game with 81 assists.

Defensively, the Kings are currently 28th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.3 shots per game against Los Angeles. They also are 2nd in shutouts, coming in with 7 shutouts.

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy comes into the game having made 43 starts this season. So far, his record is 26-16 and he has a save percentage of 0.836%.

Can Los Angeles Pull Off a Home Win?

At home this season, the Kings have gone 16-11-7 and are currently riding a three-game winning streak. Over their last ten games, Los Angeles is 6-4 and has a record of 36-22-11 overall. In the Western Conference, the Kings sit in 7th place and are 3rd in the Pacific Division.

When favored this season, Los Angeles has gone 25-15-7 and has won three straight games as the favorite. Against other Western Conference teams, the Kings have a record of 20-18 and have gone 9-8 against divisional opponents. Over their last five games, Los Angeles has gone 3-2 and are 2-1 in their last three contests.

At home this season, the Kings have an average scoring margin of +.5 goals per game, and their puck line record is 15-19. So far, they have 25 wins by multiple goals and 11 wins by just one goal.

This season, the Kings have been favored in 47 games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 18-29. In their last 10 home games, the Kings have gone 6-4 against the puck line.

Games involving Los Angeles have an average of 5.7 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.1. In terms of their over/under performance, the Kings come in with a record of 25-41-3.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Tampa Bay has an puck line record of 3-0 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 3-0 overall in these games.

The Kings come into the game scoring an average of 3.1 goals per game, putting them 16th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 6th in the league. The Kings went 22-16 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 11-5.

Los Angeles’ current leading scorer is Trevor Moore. This season, he has 25 goals, which puts him 46th in the NHL. Moore also comes into the game with 23 assists.

Los Angeles defense takes on the Lightning ranked 28th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.3 shots per game against Los Angeles. They also are 2nd in shutouts, with 7 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Tampa Bay, goalie Cam Talbot has started 42 games in this season. His current record is 21-16, and his save percentage stands at 0.891%.