Facing each other for the second and final time this season, the Vancouver Canucks and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet at Amalie Arena for an East-West matchup. This one will get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8 and it can be caught live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
Tampa Bay comes into the contest as the noticeable favorite with a moneyline of -260. The line for Vancouver sits at +220, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-125 for the over, +105 for the under). Those O/U odds have shifted after originally opening at -130 over, +110 under.
Tampa Bay is 36-17 straight up (SU) and has earned 10.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked first in the NHL so far in the early season, is a solid improvement compared to what the team managed during last year’s regular season (42-40). Through 53 regular season matches, 32 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and none have pushed. This year, the team’s 17-6 SU at home.
The Lightning have converted on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 78.4 percent of all penalties.
The Lightning, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.1 times per game overall this season, 4.2 per game over their past five contests total, and 4.0 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Averaging 29.1 saves per game with a .929 save percentage, Andrei Vasilevskiy (31-13-2) has been the best goalkeeper for Tampa Bay this year. If Tampa Bay chooses to rest him, however, the team could go with Louis Domingue (2-9-9 record, .877 save percentage, 3.88 goals against average).
Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos will both look to continue their strong seasons for the Lightning. Kucherov (66 points) has put up 27 goals and 39 assists and has recorded two or more points in 22 different games this year. Stamkos has 19 goals and 41 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 36 games.
On the other side of the ice, Vancouver is 21-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and none have pushed. The Canucks are 11-15 SU as a road team this season.
The Canucks have scored on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.0 percent of all penalties.
Vancouver’s players have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jacob Markstrom (2.75 goals against average and .908 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom is averaging 26.5 saves per game and owns a 15-25-5 record.
Brock Boeser (25 goals, 21 assists) will pace the attack for the visiting Canucks.
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