We are eager to share our top puck-line NHL Pick from Sunday’s card. It focuses on the game between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Read his detailed analysis on this contest.
NHL Game of the Day
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Boston Bruins on Sunday at 5:05 PM ET. This will be the third meeting of the season between these Eastern Conference teams. The Bruins won each of the first two encounters by scores of 3-2 and 4-3. Both of those games were played at the TD Garden in Boston.
Boston is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss at Florida last night. It was the fourth consecutive defeat in a row for the Bruins, and they scored one goal or less in three of the four. Today will also be their third road game in the last four days. As a matter of fact, Sunday will be Boston’s sixth game overall in the last nine days, and five of those will have been played on the road. In all likelihood the Bruins will go with backup goaltender Niklas Svedeberg in goal today in order to give Tuukka Rask a much needed rest. Svedeberg has gone 7-7 in fourteen starts this season, and has compiled a more than respectable .920 save percentage.
Lightning Strikes in Tampa
The Tampa Bay Lightning enters today having won six of their last eight games. Tampa Bay has gone a very profitable 6-1 against the money line in their last seven at home. That’s improved the Lightning to an outstanding 28-8 versus the money line this season on home ice. Five of those previous six wins at home have come by two goals or more. The Lightning has allowed two goals or less in six of their previous eight games, and has held opponents scoreless on three separate occasions during their last ten contests. Sunday will be the fourth of a six game in thirteen day home stand for the Lightning.
When you consider the Lightning’s recent superb defensive play, and the fact they’ve averaged 3.4 goals per game at home this season, it becomes a potentially lethal combination. The recent itinerary of both teams in this matchup surely favors Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop is the probable starting goaltender on Sunday for the Lightning, and he’s been sizzling hot in his last four starts, compiling an excellent .956 save percentage in those outings.
NHL Picks: Play on Tampa Bay -1.5 (+180) over Boston from 5Dimes