Ducks & Lightning In A Slow Paced Affair

Dana Lane

Saturday, February 4, 2017 9:27 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 9:27 PM UTC

The Lightning have won just 3 of their last 14 games, while the Ducks have dropped three of their last five games.  Championship handicapper Dana Lane explains why losing streaks will equal another big pay day for our followers.

We just keep running back up to the window to cash bets. 

Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins handled the Columbus Blue Jackets to give my readers a 2-1 record this month. 

Tonight, our winning ticket is located at the Amalie Arena where the Anaheim Ducks travel to Tampa, Florida to take on the Lightning in what will be a low scoring affair. Currently on the NHL Odds board the total lies at 5.5.

Both teams come into this one riding losing streaks, while the news for Anaheim gets worse as they're expected to be without Sami Vatanen after he left the game against Florida with a lower-body injury.  That's bad news for a team that has had trouble scoring. The Ducks have been held to two goals or fewer in five of their last eight games and twice in the last three games.

The combination of a poor Ducks offense and the stellar play of goaltender John Gibson puts us in a perfect spot to get on board with the 'under'. Gibson's 35 save effort against Florida, a 2-1 loss is a reflection of the Ducks defensive brilliance this year. Anaheim ranks 6th in goals allowed per game (2.47) and 5th on the penalty kill (84.2%).

On the other side of the blue line, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been consistently inconsistent. The Lightning has just one win in their last seven games as they are on the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Jon Cooper's team have not won back to back games since December 20-22. Cooper has made some comments that he wants his team to look at the name in front of the jersey instead of the one on the back. That's a telling comment, one that may indicate that this team isn't a cohesive unit. Cohesion is a key component to offensive success. These comments on the heels of the club trading away Nikita Nesterov to the Montreal Canadiens. He promptly scored a goal with his new team sending another bolt through the Lightning organization.  Fans have started to question Copper's use of his roster, one that appeared to be good enough to compete for a Stanley Cup, even without Stamkos. 

With the trade deadline just a little over three weeks away, the black cloud over Cooper's team has turned to darker. 

These two teams played on the first of the year with three totals goals scored, I'm anticipating a similar result as we cash another ticket tonight.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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