Saturday 11 p.m. ET
Free NHL Pick: Lightning ML; Over
Best Line Offered: BetOnline
Let this sink in for a second: The Tampa Bay Lightning have not lost in regulation since a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on November 27. That’s 16 games straight where they’ve gotten a point and in 15 of those they’ve gotten two points with their only loss coming to the Winnipeg Jets on December 16. OK, now that you’ve comprehended that insanity, you’d have to be insane not to lay action on the Lightning in every game you bet that involves them! For this potential Stanley Cup Final preview, you should take the Bolts money line and the over.
The Lightning lead the league in goals by 24 with 174 lamplighters and have a goal differential of +55 having only allowed 119. They’re 24-15-2 on the over/under and 13-7-0 on the road. To say their offense is great is an understatement and for that reason you need to go with the Bolts and the over here. Their best player, Nikita Kucherov also is on fire right now as he brings a 12-game point streak into this game with 8 goals and 19 assists during that span. Ride him and the Lightning while their hot!
The Sharks have come on strong as the calendar turned to 2019 going 6-2-2 over their last 10 games and they’re looking more like the Stanley Cup contenders everyone had them pegged as in the preseason when they acquired two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson. Karlsson is finally delivering and brings an 11-game point streak into this game with 1 goal and 15 assists during that span. His play and the Sharks firepower on defense and offense will help that over.
Tampa Bay is 32-9 against the spread and 15-5 on the road. The Lightning are 20-21 on the puck line and 8-12 on the road. Kucherov leads the Lightning and the NHL in points with 69 and assists with 49 helpers. Brayden Point leads the Bolts in goals with 24 lamplighters.
San Jose is 22-20 against the spread and 12-8 at home. The Sharks are 15-27 on the puck line and 8-12 at home. Defenseman Brent Burns leads the Sharks in assists with 37 helpers and points with 44. Joe Pavelski leads the team in goals with 24 lamplighters.
- For the Lightning, Vasilevskiy is 16-3-0-2 with a 2.55 GAA and .924 save percentage. Domingue is 15-4-0 with a 2.99 GAA and .924 save percentage.
- For the Sharks, Martin Jones is 17-8-0-4 with a 2.91 GAA and .897 save percentage. Aaron Dell is 5-5-0-3 with a 3.10 GAA and .887 save percentage.
- For the Lightning, forward J.T. Miller is week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
- For the Sharks, defenseman Justin Braun is day-to-day with a knee injury and defenseman Radim Simek is day-to-day with a concussion.
Prediction: Lightning 4 Sharks 3 (OT)