Anticipate A Tame Lightning In Wild Match-Up

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Friday, February 10, 2017 2:56 PM GMT

The Lightning, Wild series has produced an 'under' in 7 of their nine meetings, with one push. Will tonight's affair break that streak or does Champion handicapper Dana Lane anticipate the streak of 'unders' to continue?

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The cannon went off again last night as the Boston Bruins put up six goals against the San Jose Sharks, carrying them to a three-goal victory while cashing an easy 'over' winner for my readers. Tonight we're looking for the same result with two different teams as we take our talents to the Xcel Energy Center where the Wild and Lightning face-off tonight.

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The Wild haven't had many problems with teams from the Atlantic Division as they've now won nine of their last 10 but it's the 'total' on this one that has my attention.

First, let's go back to an old rule, don't bet on teams to be automatically better just because they have some name players returning. Friday we may see the return of forwards Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat, both skated Thursday. Additions to the line-up don't equal the offensive success. Hockey is a game of cohesion and it takes a few games for line-mates to find that attachment to each other, so wait a couple game until you're sure that everyone is on the same page on line rushes before betting games to go 'over' unless there is a mismatch and the other side can push it over by themselves. This isn't the case tonight where the Wild are a much better team record wise but the Lightning is playing some of their best hockey of the season. With a victory, Tampa will have accomplished their first three-game winning streak.

Add the uncertainty of Tyler Johnson, who may miss tonight's game with an undisclosed injury.

The Wild will have Devan Dubnyk (29-9-3, 1.99 GA, .933 SV%) back in goal after taking Wednesday off. Dubnyk allowed two two goals on 61 shots in two games against the Lightning last season, a year where Tampa was much more potent on offense.

On the other side of the sheet, Ben Bishop will get the call for Tampa. His numbers have been even better head to head with a .934 save percentage in his last five games against the Wild.

Two great starting goaltenders along with the uncertainty of the Lightning offensively has me rushing up to the window to take the 'under'.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5

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