Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. ET
The Tampa Bay Lightning boast the best record in the NHL at 53-13-3-1 and will have the President’s Trophy in hand very soon. The Bolts are one of the most complete teams in the NHL with rankings of first for goal scoring and fourth for goals against. Tampa Bay is also red hot and cranking cash with eight payouts in their last ten games. Few teams could be as opposite of Tampa Bay as the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit is only 13-17-2-3 at home and ranks 26th for goal scoring along with an even more pathetic 29th for goals against. The Red Wings have packed it in for the season and are waiting on the golf links. Detroit has gotten the money in just one of their last ten games. In this head to head series Tampa Bay has utterly dominated the cashier’s cage with 18 payouts in their last 19 meetings against Detroit. Three of the last four games between these teams went under the total. And at the Motor City the Bolts have done just fine, thank you. Tampa Bay has departed Detroit with the money in six consecutive visits with just two of the last six between these teams at Detroit going under the total.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes, 10 p.m. ET
The Anaheim Ducks are one of the most anemic teams in the NHL with a ranking of 31st for goal scoring and 25th for the power play. Anaheim has lost seven of their last ten games and has not shown any improvement since the firing of head coach Randy Carlyle. Arizona is one of the top defensive teams in the NHL with a ranking of seventh for goals against and second for penalty killing. The Coyotes are also one of the most profitable teams on the board recently with eight payouts in their last ten games. Head coach Rick Tocchet has proven to be a master motivator that is getting more than everything out of his roster. Long term the Ducks have had the edge in their series with the Coyotes. Anaheim has paid in 10 of their last 14 games against Arizona with five of the last six in this matchup going under the total. And at Arizona the Ducks have won nine of their last 13 visits with the last six meetings between these teams on the desert failing to clear the total. However, the online sportsbooks script has flipped this year on these two teams.
Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET
The Kings rank a pathetic 30th in the NHL for goals against and an even more alarming 22nd for goals against as defense used to be their strength. Los Angeles is limping home with only two wins in their last ten games. Its hard to see the Kings scoring much if at all against a Nashville team ranked fifth in the league for goals against. The Preds also have the motivation of fighting tooth and nail with the Winnipeg Jets in the Central Division. Nashville has won their last five consecutive meetings against the Kings with three of the last five in this series going over the total. And at the Staples Center the Predators have won their last two visits with just one of the last five in this matchup at Los Angeles going under the total.
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