Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins Game Preview 10/17/19

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The Tampa Bay Lightning, led by Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, are set to take the ice against David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in an Atlantic Division showdown. New England Sports Network will air the game, and the action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 17.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins Odds

The money line for either side is currently set at an identical -110, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under). Those O/U odds have moved after originally opening at -130 over and +110 under.

Boston is 5-1 straight-up (SU) and has netted 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked second in the league in this young season, is an improvement over the 49-33 record from the 2018-19 season campaign. Of the team’s six games this season, three have gone over the total, while another three have gone under and none have pushed. The team’s 2-0 SU at home thus far.

The Bruins have successfully connected on 31.3 percent of their power play opportunities thus far. That’s a noticeable improvement from last season, when they were ranked second in the league by scoring on 27.6 percent of their extra-man advantages. Their penalty kill has gotten stronger year-over-year as they’ve gone from successfully defending 81.8 percent of opponents’ power plays (ranked seventh overall last season) to 83.3 percent this year.

Sporting a .951 save percentage and 32.3 saves per game, Jaroslav Halak (2-1) has been the primary option in goal for Boston this season. If the Bruins, however, choose to give him the night off, head coach Bruce Cassidy might turn to the undefeated Tuukka Rask (3-0 record, .957 save percentage, 1.33 goals against average).

Over on the visiting bench, Tampa Bay is 3-3 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of four of its games have gone over the total, while two have gone under the total and none have pushed. As the away team this season, the Lightning are 2-3 SU.

The Bolts have recorded a goal on 29.4 percent of their power play chances this year after converting on 28.1 percent of their extra-man opportunities last season (which ranked them first league-wide in that category). The team’s gone from successfully defending 83.8 percent of opponents’ power plays (ranked fifth overall last season) to 73.9 percent this year.

Andrei Vasilevskiy (29.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Tampa Bay. Vasilevskiy owns a 3-1 record, and has registered a .921 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average this year.

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Prediction: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in three of their last five matchups.
  • Tampa Bay skaters registered 26.3 hits per game last season, while the Bruins forced 24.7 hits per contest.