NHL Betting Preview: Arizona Coyotes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Monday, March 18, 2019

by Mar 17, 2019NHL

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida

When: Monday March 18th at 7:30 PM ET

Money Line: -265

Total: 6.5

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BetDSI has the Tampa Bay Lightning listed as -265 money line favorites over the Arizona Coyotes. The Tampa Bay Lightning enter this game with a record of 55-13-4 and have won four of their last five games including four wins in a row and are coming off a home win on Saturday against the Washington Capitals by a score of 6-3.

The Arizona Coyotes enter this game with a record of 36-30-6 and have won three of their last five games, but are coming off a home loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday by a score of 2-3 which ended their two game winning streak. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Arizona Coyotes.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes are 36-30-6 overall and 18-15-2 on the road.  The Arizona Coyotes are hanging on to the last wild card spot in the Western Conference, but are going to need a strong end to the season if they are going to maintain their spot in the playoffs. They currently have 78 points on the season which is 8th most in the Western Conference and 4th most in the Pacific division. Arizona is 36-30-6 overall, 18-15-2 on the road and 23-20-4 as an underdog.

Clayton Keller leads the team in points and assists with 45 points and 32 assists. Alex Galchenyuk leads the team in goals with 17. Darcy Kuemper is 24-16-6 with a .921 save % and is allowing 2.49 goals per game this season.

Arizona is averaging 2.71 goals per game this season which ranks 27th in the NHL. They are averaging 30.43 shots per game which ranks 21st in the NHL. They are averaging 0.56 power play goals per game which ranks 15th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.24 power play chances per game which ranks 6th in the NHL.

The Coyotes are allowing 2.78 goals per game which ranks 9th in the NHL.

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Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning are 55-13-4 overall and 30-6-2 at home.  The Tampa Bay Lightning are close to locking up the Presidents’ Cup this season as they have a giant lead over the 2nd place team in the NHL. They currently have 114 points on the season which is the most in the NHL and is 19 more than the 2nd best team in the Flames. Tampa Bay is 55-13-4 overall, 30-6-2 at home and 54-11-4 as a favorite this season.

Nikita Kucherov leads the team in points and assists with 117 points and 82 assists. Brayden Point leads the team in goals with 38. Andrei Vasilevskly is 34-8-4 with a .929 save % and is allowing 2.28 goals per game this season.

Tampa Bay is averaging 3.93 goals per game which ranks 1st in the NHL. They are averaging 32.43 shots per game which ranks 12th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.93 power play goals per game which is tied for 1st in the NHL. They are averaging 3.25 power play chances per game which ranks 5th in the NHL.

The Lightning are allowing 2.64 goals per game which ranks 4th in the NHL.

Tampa Bay gets the win at home

Tampa Bay is having a historic run this season and are going to be heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup once the playoffs begin. Arizona is 5-5 in their last ten match-ups with Tampa Bay while outscoring the Lightning by an average of 3.20 to 3 in those games.

The Coyotes are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Lightning while outscoring Tampa Bay by an average of 4 to 2 in those contests. I look for the Lighting to get the win, but I love the Arizona puck line in this game. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.

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