Bruins vs. Lightning Odds, Picks, Predictions: Expect a Close Checking Game in Tampa Bay
Thursday offers up a premier matchup when the league-leading Boston Bruins visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. Read on for our best Bruins vs. Lightning pick based on top odds.
Playing at a historically great level, the Bruins are 10-1 in the past 11 games and have 80 points in 47 games – putting them a dozen points clear of the rest of the league.
The Lightning were a mediocre 7-6-1 to start the season, but have gone an impressive 23-9 since. Tampa Bay is controlling 57.5% of all-situations goals in the past 32 games, ranking third in that span behind only Boston and Toronto.
The top of the Atlantic Division is a war zone.
Here is our best Bruins vs. Lightning NHL pick (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
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Bruins vs. Lightning game info
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN+, Sportsnet, TVAS, BSSUN, NESN
- Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Bruins vs. Lightning odds
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Bruins vs. Lightning odds analysis
The FanDuel moneyline opened with the Lightning at -134, compared to the Bruins at +112. That didn't last long; with 62% of the consensus moneyline wagers on the Bruins, the line has shifted dramatically to Boston -113/Tampa Bay -106.
The total opened at 6 and moved to 6.5 for a while on Thursday morning before coming back down to 6. The opening price was -112 for the Over and -108 for the Under.
With 55% of the consensus action on the Under, the price for the total to go Under 6 is now -118, while the Over is -104.
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Bruins vs. Lightning pick
Bruins-Lightning Under 6 (+100) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Thursday's tilt between two of the top five
teams in the consensus Stanley Cup odds – neither of whom easily surrender time and space on the ice – should be an intriguing one.
The Bruins are the top dogs in the league, while the Lightning, who have gone to three straight Stanley Cup Finals, are assuredly set to meet Thursday's challenge head-on.
Boston has a 16-4-1 record
on the road, which ranks second, while Tampa Bay is 18-4-1 at home, the third-best mark in the league.
The Bruins are allowing a league-best 2.22 goals against per 60 minutes on the road, and starting goaltender Linus Ullmark has been even better than that. Ullmark has a .938 save percentage and 1.90 goals against average away from TD Garden, and leads the league with 13.35 Goals Saved Above Expected in 16 road games.
Boston is a dominant team, with scoring talent and elite defenders, but Ullmark has become a Vezina Trophy favorite because of his consistently outstanding play.
Tampa Bay can be stingy on home ice, too. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has a .921 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average at home, with 8.41 Goals Saved Above Expected in 18 games at Amalie Arena.
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Bruins vs. Lightning Best Odds
DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, PointsBet (+100)
|Under 6||Under 6||Under 6||Under 6||Under 6|
The majority of top-rated sportsbooks have settled at a similar price for the total in this Bruins-Lightning matchup, with the Under coming in at even money compared with the Over at +120. FanDuel is charging a little more for the Under than the rest of the market.
the total when it bounced up to 6.5 for a brief time would have been ideal, but the Under is still the clearly superior option in a matchup featuring two highly competitive teams – and two elite goaltenders to match.
Bruins-Lightning pick made 1/26/2023 at 2 p.m. ET.
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