Bruins at Lightning 12/6/18 - NHL Picks & Predictions
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Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL: 7:30 PM EST
Dec. 06, 2018
Latest Odds : TB -180 O/U 6
The Boston Bruins look to snap a two-game losing streak on Thursday when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston was shutout in its most recent outing 5-0 by the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. The Bruins could not score against the Panthers tough defense or Roberto Luongo in net. Jaroslav Halak stopped 39 shots for the Bruins in the loss.
Tampa Bay won its fourth straight on Tuesday 6-5 in a shootout over Detroit. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman each scored during the shootout to give the Lightning the comeback victory. Matthew Joseph scored two goals and assisted on one other for the Lightning.
David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in goals scored with 19 and the points leader with 30. Patrice Bergeron is the team leader in assists with 17. Tukkka Rask is 6-5-2 in net with a goals against average of 2.58 and save percentage of .915. Boston on the season is 27th in goals scored per game at 2.59, 2nd in goals against per game at 2.56, 5th in power play percentage at 27.4 and 20th in penalty kill percentages at 78.1.
Brayden Point leads the Lightning in goals scored with 20. Nikita Kucherov is the assists leader with 30 and points leader with 42. In goal, Louis Domingue is 9-3-1 with a goals against of 2.29 and a save percentage of .927. Tampa Bay is 1st in goals scored per game with 3.86, 15th in goals against at 2.93, 4th in power play percentage at 28.6, and 8th in penalty kill percentage at 82.1.
Recent Betting Trends:
Boston is 1-4 in its last 5 versus Atlantic teams
The UNDER has cashed in 9 of the Bruins last 12 on Thursday
Tampa Bay is 35-16 in its last 51
The OVER has cashed in each of the Lightning’s last 4 versus Atlantic teams
Free Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning -180
Tampa Bay is playing exceptional hockey with four straight wins and leads the NHL in goals scored per game at 3.86, while Boston is near the bottom of the league in goals scored at 2.56 per game. The Lightning have won 5 of the last 6 following a win and 20 of the last 26 when playing the fourth game of a 4-in-6 scenario. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Lightning win 5-2.