In their last head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators collide at Bridgestone Arena. This East-West matchup will get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 3, and it can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators Odds
Nashville (-120) is being picked as the slight favorite over Tampa Bay (+100) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. If bettors want to wager on the game’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -115 for the over and -105 on the under.
The Predators are 12-14 straight up (SU) and have not been kind to moneyline bettors (returning -10.2 units) thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a noticeable slide from what the team recorded during last year’s regular season (47-35). Through 26 regular season outings, 16 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 10 have gone under and none have pushed. Thus far, the team’s 7-8 SU at home.
Nashville has converted on just 16.1 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that places the team in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.3 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Nashville has been penalized 3.6 times per game overall this season, 3.2 per game over its last five games total, and 3.4 per game over its last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 7.1 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.
Sporting a .898 save percentage and 22.9 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (9-6-2) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Predators this year. If they choose to give him the evening off, however, head coach Peter Laviolette may go with Juuse Saros (3-11-11 record, .891 save percentage, 3.12 goals against average).
The Preds will continue to rely on leadership from Roman Josi and Matt Duchene. Josi (24 points) has tallied seven goals and 17 assists and has recorded two or more points on six separate occasions this year. Duchene has seven goals and 13 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 14 contests.
On the visitors’ side of the ice, Tampa Bay is 12-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. 15 of its outings have gone over the total, while nine have gone under the total and none have pushed. Tampa Bay’s 6-7 SU as the road team this season.
Tampa Bay has scored on 30.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for fourth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 21st overall and it’s successfully defended 78.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Tampa Bay’s players have been penalized 4.3 times per game this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays just 7.8 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy (2.96 goals against average and .906 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Tampa Bay. Vasilevskiy is averaging 28.4 saves per game and owns a 9-8-1 record.
Nikita Kucherov (nine goals, 19 assists) has been one of the primary offensive facilitators for the visiting Lightning.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators Betting Picks
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Lightning, O/U – Over
Four of Tampa Bay’s last five outings have gone over the total.
Tampa Bay has managed 30.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Nashville is averaging 40.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
Over Tampa Bay’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-1 in those games).
Tampa Bay skaters have dished out the eighth-most hits in the league (23.9 per game).