Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and the Boston Bruins will do battle against Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov, and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in an Atlantic Division matchup. New England Sports Network will air the action, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 25.
Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
Tampa Bay comes into the game as the heavy favorite with a moneyline of -150. The line for the Bruins now stands at +130 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-130 for the over, +110 for the under).
Tampa Bay is 58-18 straight up (SU) and has earned 28.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, best in the NHL so far this season, is an improvement compared to what the team did during last year’s regular season (54-28). Among the team’s 76 games this season, 40 have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just three have pushed. This year, the team is 31-8 SU at home.
The Lightning enter the matchup with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve scored on 29.3 percent of their extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated second overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 85.5 percent of all penalties.
With a .928 save percentage and 30.4 saves per game, Andrei Vasilevskiy (36 wins, 13 losses, and four OT losses) has been the best goalkeeper for the Bolts this season. If Tampa Bay decides to give him a rest, however, the team might go with Louis Domingue (21-5-5 record, .908 save percentage, 2.88 goals against average).
On the visiting bench, Boston is 46-29 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.1 units this year. Through 75 regular season contests, 41 of its games have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just four have pushed. The Bruins are 18-19 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Bruins enter the matchup with the third-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve converted on 26.0 percent of their extra-man advantages this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 14th overall and it’s successfully defended 81.0 percent of all penalties.
Tuukka Rask (24.9 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Boston. Rask owns a 26-16-5 record, and has registered a .918 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average this year.
Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Lightning, O/U – Over
- The Bruins are 2-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Lightning are 6-1 in shootouts.
- For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their past five matches.
- Six of Tampa Bay’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The club is 5-1 overall in those games.
- This game features two of the tougher teams in the league. Boston skaters have given out the league’s 12th-most hits per game (23.2) and the Bolts have tallied the seventh-most (25.3).