Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils Matchup 10/30/19

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Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and the Tampa Bay Lightning will face off against Taylor Hall, Jack Hughes, and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center for an Eastern Conference tilt. This one gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 30 and it’ll air live on Fox Sports Sun.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils Odds

Moneyline and Over/Under (O/U) odds have not yet been posted for this matchup.

Tampa Bay is 5-6 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 11 regular season outings, six of its games have gone over the total, while four have gone under and none have pushed. The Bolts are 3-4 SU on the road in 2019-20.

The Lightning have scored on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities so far. That’s a noticeable drop-off from last season, when they were ranked first in the league by scoring on 28.1 percent of their extra-man opportunities. Their penalty kill has fallen off drastically year-over-year, as they’ve gone from successfully defending 83.8 percent of opponents’ power plays (ranked fifth overall last year) to 70.0 percent this year..

Sporting a .910 save percentage and 30.5 saves per game, Andrei Vasilevskiy (5-3) has been the best option in goal for Tampa Bay this season. Vasilevskiy did just play last night, however, so head coach Jon Cooper may choose to rest him and instead turn to Curtis McElhinney (0-3-2 record, .915 save percentage, 3.29 goals against average).

On the other bench, New Jersey is 2-7 straight up (SU) and has already lost 6.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through nine regular season contests, six of its games have gone over the total, while three have gone under and none have pushed. The team’s 2-4 SU at home thus far.

The Devils have converted on 8.8 percent of their power plays this year after scoring on 17.6 percent (ranked 21st in league) last season. They’ve killed off an impressive 75.7 percent of their penalties, a few points lower than the 84.4 percent they recorded a year ago (when they were ranked fourth in the NHL).

MacKenzie Blackwood has stopped 20.2 shots per game as the top netminder in the crease for the Devils. Blackwood has two wins, four losses, and two OT losses to his credit and has registered a fairly-weak .871 save percentage and 3.31 goals against average this season.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils Betting Picks

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five outings.
  • Tampa Bay skaters recorded 26.3 hits per game last season, while the Devils logged 23.5 hits per contest.