Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Lightning versus the Devils? The puck drops at 1:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on TNT. The game will be played at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Devils are the -1.5 goal favorites against the Lightning in a Eastern conference matchup.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS NEW JERSEY DEVILS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New Jersey Devils -1.5

This game will be played at Prudential Center at 1:00 ET on Sunday, February 25th.

WHY BET THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS:

  • Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Lightning.
  • We like the Lightning on the moneyline (+103)
  • The Lightning are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Is a Road Win Possible for the Lightning?

Heading into today’s game, the Lightning sit in 8th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-23-5. They have gone 5-5 in their last ten games and are 15-17 against other Eastern Conference teams this season. On the road, Tampa Bay has gone 13-15-2 on the year and have won three straight games away from home.

As underdogs, the Lightning have gone 9-12-4 this season and 2-3 in their last five games. In games against teams from the Atlantic Division, Tampa Bay has gone 6-10 this year. So far, they have been favored in 34 of their 59 games, going 22-11-1 in those contests.

On the road this season, the Lightning have gone 13-17 vs. the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road is -.6 goals per game. So far, Tampa Bay has gone 30-29 vs. the puck line, including 22 wins by multiple goals.

Across their last ten games, the Lightning have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line, and their puck line record as the underdog is 14-11. In their last three road games, Tampa Bay has gone 3-0 vs. the puck line.

For the season, Tampa Bay’s games have finished with an average of 6.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.5. Overall, the Lightning have an over/under record of 27-28-4.

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

On the offensive side, the Lightning are scoring an 3.4 goals per game this season, ranking 5th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 18th in the league. Coming into the game, the Lightning have a 19-12 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 12-9.

The leading scorer for Tampa Bay’s offense is Nikita Kucherov. Coming into the game he has 37 goals, ranking 3rd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Kucherov has 61 assists this season.

Coming into the game, the Devils’ defense is 13th in takeaways at 7 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 23rd in the NHL.

Entering the game, goalie Jonas Johansson has started 22 games this season. His current record stands at 10-7, and his save percentage is 0.636%.

Taking a Look at the Devils Chances at Home

At home this season, the Devils are 14-14-2, and they have been favored in 41 of their 57 games. In the Eastern Conference, New Jersey is in 9th place and 4th in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, the Devils have gone 5-5, and they are 29-24-4 overall.

As the favorite, New Jersey is 24-15-2, and they have gone 18-16 against other Eastern Conference teams. In the last five games, the Devils have gone 2-3, and they are 1-2 over their last three games.

On the season, the Devils’ puck line record is 20-37, and they have dropped three straight games against the puck line. In their last ten home games, they have gone just 3-7 against the puck line.

So far, New Jersey has 16 wins by multiple goals and 13 wins by just one goal. Overall, the team’s average scoring margin is -.2 goals per game.

For the season, New Jersey’s games have finished with an average of 6.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.5. Overall, the Devils have an over/under record of 33-23-1.

In their last three road games, Tampa Bay has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-0 while going 3-0 vs. the spread.

For their offensive performance, the Devils come in averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, which is 11th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 8th in the league. New Jersey’s offense is currently ranked 13th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 25th in the league.

New Jersey’s leading scorer is Tyler Toffoli. So far, he has 24 goals which is 29th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Toffoli has 17 assists this season.

The Devils’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 13th in takeaways and an average of 7 takeaways per contest. They hold 23rd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.2 goals given up per game.

Heading into this matchup vs. Tampa Bay, goalie Akira Schmid has started 13 games in this season. His current record is 5-7, and his save percentage stands at 0.383%.