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Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and the Tampa Bay Lightning will face off against Dylan Larkin, Gustav Nyquist, and the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in a divisional matchup. The match will get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 4, and it is being televised live on Fox Sports Detroit.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds

Oddsmakers have not yet posted moneyline or Over/Under odds for this matchup.

Tampa Bay is 20-8 straight up (SU) and has earned 4.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 28 regular season matches, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just two have pushed. As a road team this season, the Bolts are 9-4 SU.

Tampa Bay has converted on 28.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, it has the ninth-strongest penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of its penalties..

Averaging 28.1 saves per game with a .900 save percentage, Louis Domingue (11-4) has been the primary option in goal for Tampa Bay this year. Domingue did just play last night, however, so Tampa Bay could choose to rest him and go with Andrei Vasilevskiy instead (9-4-1 record, .927 save percentage, 2.29 goals against average).

On the other bench, Detroit is 12-15 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. 13 of its matches have gone over the total, while another 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 7-8 SU at home this year.

The Red Wings have converted on just 19.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.1 percent of all opponent power plays.

Jimmy Howard has stopped 30.4 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for the Red Wings. Howard has nine wins, 10 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a mediocre 2.66 goals against average and a .923 save percentage this year.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner \u2013 Lightning, O/U \u2013 Under

Betting Notes

  • The majority (60.0 percent) of Tampa Bay’s wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 12-5 overall in such games. 4 of Detroit’s wins (33.3 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
  • The Lightning are 11-2 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Red Wings are 9-7 SU when they serve more minutes than their opponent.
  • For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in three of their last five matchups.
  • Tampa Bay has averaged 8.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 7.8 giveaways per game (ranked ninth in the NHL).
  • Detroit skaters have averaged 15.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 13.6 giveaways per game (ranked 31st).
  • Tampa Bay skaters have accounted for the league’s ninth-most hits per game (24.4).