TD Garden is playing host to a divisional showdown as the Tampa Bay Lightning the Boston Bruins. It’s the fourth and last time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. The opening faceoff will be at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 6, and it is being shown live on New England Sports Network.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins Odds
Tampa Bay is 61-20 straight up (SU) and has earned 29.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 43 of its games have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just three have pushed. As a road team in 2018-19, the Bolts are 29-11 SU.
Tampa Bay comes into the match up with the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s converted on 28.2 percent of its extra-man advantages this year. Additionally, it has the third-strongest penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 84.9 percent of all penalties..
Averaging 29.9 saves per game with a .925 save percentage, Andrei Vasilevskiy (39-14-4) has been the top option in goal for Tampa Bay this season. If Tampa Bay chooses to rest him, however, head coach Jon Cooper might go with Louis Domingue (21-5 record, .908 save percentage, 2.88 goals against average).
Boston is 49-32 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 2.5 units this season. 43 of its matches have gone under the total, while 34 have gone over and just four have pushed. It’s 29-11 SU at home this year.
The Bruins have converted on 26.1 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that places it in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all opponent power plays.
Tuukka Rask has stopped 24.9 shots per game as the top netminder in the crease for the Bruins. Rask has 27 wins, 18 losses, and five overtime losses to his name and has maintained a .915 save percentage and 2.42 goals against average this season.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Lightning, O/U – Over
- The Bruins are 2-3 in games that go to shootout. The Lightning are 6-1 in shootouts.
- Seven of Tampa Bay’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
- Tampa Bay skaters have dished out the fifth-most hits in the league (25.8 per game).