Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Preview

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Amalie Arena is the site for an East-West matchup as the Nashville Predators take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s the final time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The matchup will get started at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 1, and fans at home will be able to view the game live on Fox Sports Tennesse.

Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

Earning 9.1 units for moneyline bettors, Tampa Bay is 52-26 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That winning percentage, ranked first in the NHL so far in the early season, is a solid improvement compared to how the team performed during last years regular season (42-40). Through 78 regular season outings, 48 of the teams games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just two have pushed. This season, the teams 27-11 SU at home.

The Lightning enter the matchup with the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve converted on 25.2 percent of their extra-man chances this year. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 26th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 76.2 percent of all penalties.

The Lightning, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.1 times per game overall this season, and 5.6 per game over their past five contests. The teams had to kill penalties for a whopping 14.0 minutes per game over their last five matchups, overall.

Boasting a .920 save percentage and 29.5 saves per game, Andrei Vasilevskiy (42-20-3) has been the top option in goal for Tampa Bay this year. If the Bolts, however, decide to rest him, Tampa Bay could roll with Louis Domingue (7-11-11 record, .892 save percentage, 3.44 goals against average).

The Bolts will continue relying on offensive production from Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. Kucherov (97 points) has tallied 38 goals and 59 assists and has recorded two or more points on 30 different occasions this year. Stamkos has 27 goals and 59 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 52 contests.

On the other side of the ice, Nashville is 50-28 straight up (SU) and has earned 15.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 78 regular season matches, 38 of its games have gone over the total, while an additional 38 have gone under and just one has pushed. As the visiting team, the Predators are 23-15 SU.

The Predators have converted on 20.0 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Nashville’s players have been penalized 4.6 times per game this season, and 6.0 per game over their last five match ups. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays an unhealthy 15.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Pekka Rinne (29.0 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Nashville. Rinne has 41 wins, 16 losses, and four OT losses to his credit, while registering a .927 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average this year.

Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Predators will be Viktor Arvidsson (29 goals, 31 assists) and Filip Forsberg (21 goals, 37 assists).

Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning Free Picks

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Lightning, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Two of Nashville’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 6-7 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The total has gone over in three of Nashville’s last five outings.
  • Nashville’s attempted 32.2 shots per contest overall this season (ranked 14th in the NHL), and 29.0 in its last five road games.
  • Six of Tampa Bay’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The club is 2-4 overall in those games.