Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are set to do battle against Taylor Hall, Nick Schmaltz, and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in an East-West showdown. The action gets started at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, and fans at home can witness it live on Fox Arizona Plus.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Arizona Coyotes Odds
With a -170 moneyline, Tampa Bay enters the game as the heavy favorite. The line for Arizona sits at +150, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-120 to bet the under, +100 for the over).
Tampa Bay is 40-21 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 6.7 units this year. 31 of its contests have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just three have pushed. As the away team this season, the Bolts are 20-12 SU.
Tampa Bay has converted on 23.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it has successfully killed off 83.2 percent of its penalties..
With a .919 save percentage and 28.2 saves per game, Andrei Vasilevskiy (32-13-3) has been the top option in goal for Tampa Bay this season. If Tampa Bay chooses to rest him, however, head coach Jon Cooper could go with Curtis McElhinney (8-8-2), who has a .911 save percentage and 2.76 goals against average this year.
Over on the other bench, Arizona is 30-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 64 regular season matches, 36 of its games have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just two have pushed. This season, the team’s 15-15 SU as the home team.
The Coyotes have converted on just 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
Antti Raanta has stopped 28.5 shots per game as the top option in goal for the Coyotes. Raanta has 13 wins, 18 losses, and three overtime losses and has maintained a .922 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average this year.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Arizona Coyotes Free Picks
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Coyotes, O/U – Over
- The Coyotes (5-4 in shootouts) has significantly more experience this season in games decided by shootout. The Lightning, however, has yet to lose a shootout this year (2-0).
- The under has hit in four of Arizona’s last five outings.
- Seven of Tampa Bay’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 6-1 in those games.
- Tampa Bay skaters have accounted for the ninth-most hits in the league (23.6 per game).