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Five Potential Lightning Strikes You Want to Get Hit By?
Much like the Avalanche—who Tampa could face in the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals—in the Western Conference, the Lightning (3.32 gpg) seen intent on outscoring opponents (2.82 gpg, #14) even with its elite veteran Goaltender.
The Lightning has three areas where they could use some improvement—on the Power Play (19.5%, #16), on the Penalty Kill (80.4%, #16), and against their rivals, the Florida Panthers who totally embarrassed the champs 9-3 in their last meeting.
The Lightning (+380 to win Eastern Conference, MyBookie) have started the 2022 calendar year off going 3-2 with Andrei Vasilevskiy starting in goal for Head Coach Jon Cooper who had his issues with COVID-19 protocol but is back on the bench.
Tampa Bay (+150 to win Atlantic Division, MyBookie) plays two Home games before heading out West for a three-game California Road Trip which will see the Bolts face the Kings (January 18), Ducks (January 21) and Sharks (January 22).
Let’s take a look at five good spots on the upcoming Tampa Bay Lightning schedule where it seems like there is a betting advantage in taking what is now a very hungry Lightning team motivated to win a third straight Stanley Cup this NHL season.
5 Upcoming Spots to Bet on the Tampa Bay Lightning
1 – Thursday, January 13 vs. Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks (16-16-3) head to Amelie Arena in Tampa (ESPN+, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT) to face the Lightning (24-9-5) where the tw-time defending Stanley Cup champions have a strong Home-ice Advantage (12-4-3) Record at this point in the season.
Stevn Stamkos (44 points) and the Bolts are also playing better than they were for the first two months of the season, and key cog Nikita Kucherov is starting to heat up and had a Hat trick on Tuesday as Tampa Bay rolled to a Win in Buffalo, 6-1.
Although Vancouver (8-9-2 on the Road) has been playing its best Hockey of the 2020-21 NHL Regular Season (6-1-1 L10), this is a tough spot for them as they have to travel 3,227 miles and play in a Time Zone three hours earlier (Eastern Time).
The Lightning are 14-5 in the L19 series meetings with the Canucks and have won 4 of the L5 meetings, outscoring Tyler Demko and Vancouver in the process, 24-12 and with Andrei Vasilevskiy (20-6-3, 2.23 GAA) will have the Goaltending edge.
Predicted Final Score:Lightning 4, Canucks 2
2 – Tuesday, January 18 at Los Angeles Kings
The Lightning (+730 to win 2021-22 Stanley Cup, MyBookie) have been completely dominant against the Kings (80/1 to win 2021-22 Stanley Cup) of late, and this is a spot you need to circle on your betting calendar to make sure you play.
Like the Canucks, the Kings (18-13-6) have been playing some pretty good Hockey in the Pacific Division in the Westen Conference, going 6-3-1 in their L10 games and this game will be a crytpto.com Arena in Los Angeles (ESPN+, 10 ET/7 PT).
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Tampa has W9 Straight games against the Kings and Victor Hedman and Tampa have outscored Los Angeles, 37-18 over that profitable streak (9-0-0, +9.0 units), winning five of those meetings by one Goal.
In the first meeting of the 2021-22 NHL Regular Season in Tampa on December 14, Mathieu Joseph scored with just 1:35 left in OT in the Sunshine State as Vasilevskiy registered 28 saves to win his 62nd skate in the 2021 Regular Season and Playoffs.
And that tied now Blackhawks Goaltender Marc André-Fleury’s mark of 62 Wins in the calendar year back in the day when the future NHL Hall of Famer plied his leathery wares in the crease with Sid Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tampa Bay is 12-7 SU lifetime in 29 meetings with the Kings and the results have been generally low-scoring when these two play in Tampa with the Lightning averaging 3.2 gpg at Home and the Kings averaging 2.5 gpg at Amelie Arena.
Predicted Final Score:Lightning 3, Kings 2
3 – Friday, January 21 at Anaheim Ducks
Tampa Bay faces another improved California team on their West Coast Road trip in January when they face the Ducks (19-13-7) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, but this is the first night of a back-to-back weekend twofer in California.
And with the Lightning playing in San José the following night (Saturday, January 22), backing Tampa Bay in the opening game Friday when their bodies will be much fresher is the thought although Circadian Rhythms will be affected (EST vs PST).
Predicted Final Score:Lightning 4, Ducks 1
4 – Thursday, January 27 vs. New Jersey Devils
The Devils (14-17-5) head to Amelie Arena in Tampa on Thursday, January 27 (ESPN+, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT) to face New Jersey (180/1 to win 2021-22 Stanley Cup) in an interconference meeting between two teams going in different directions.
Taking a look at the recent series of meetings between the Devils and the Lightning (142 GF-108 GA), we see that Tampa is 4-2 in the L6 skates (29 GF-20 GA) although NJ has won the L2 meetings, including the lone game this NHL season.
#NEWS: Tomorrow’s home game against Tampa has been postponed.
The Lightning sat tied with Florida with 53 points atop the Atlantic Division standings and will be motivated against a Devils team only 5-10-2 on the Road and who already beat them earlier this season, 5-3 in a game that went Over the Total.
And the Over in the Totals market is also worth consideration here, with those L6 series meetings seeing a total of 49 goals being scored for a robust average of 8.17 gpg with 5 Overs and just 1 Under. Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ got me stargazing (yeah).
Predicted Final Score:Lightning 5, Devils 1
5 – Tuesday, February 1 vs. San José Sharks
The Sharks (85/1 to win 2021-22 Stanley Cup) have been pretty impressive this Regular Season, and San José has also been playing decently on late, with the Sharks (20-16-1) going 6-4-0 in their L10 and W3 straight games as on January 11.
On Tuesday, February 1, the Sharks will be at Amelie Arena in Tampa (there is no Bay) to face the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions and what looks like a good spot to be backing Kucherov and the homeboys (ESPN+, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT).
Looking at the recent series results between these two teams, we see that the Lightning are 4-1 in the L5 meetings with Timo Meier (39 points) and San José (66/1 to win 2021-22 Stanley Cup) outscoring San José, 28-10 in the process.
So? So you back Tampa and look for the best price early and avoid the Puck Line (-1½) because laying a little lumber here and either getting the amount right or using the Lightning as a Parlay element with another good pick or two makes sense.
Final Upcoming Spot to Bet on Tampa Bay Lightning Pick:
Tampa Bay Lightning Over Los Angeles Kings (January 15)
Kevin Stott is a sports writer who has covered the Sports Gambling industry for over 20 years, handicapping sporting events for SportsbookReview, Gaming Today and Bleacher/Report and was an award-winning writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers. Stott is an avid sports bettor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. ...
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