NHL Betting Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
When: Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 PM ET
Money Line: Tampa Bay -160
BetDSI has the Tampa Bay Lightning listed as -160 money line favorites over the Calgary Flames. The Tampa Bay Lightning enter this game with a record of 41-11-4 and have won three of their last five games including two wins in a row and are coming off a road win on Sunday against the Florida Panthers by a score of 5-2. The Calgary Flames enter this game with a record of 34-15-6 and have lost three of their last five games including two losses in a row and are coming off a road loss on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 3-4. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Calgary Flames.
The Flames are 34-15-6 and 17-10-1 on the road. The Calgary Flames are in a slump after losing three of their last five games and losing two games in a row, but still remain one of the better teams in the NHL. They currently have 74 points on the season which is best in the Western Conference and 1st in the Pacific division. Calgary is 34-15-6 overall, 17-10-1 on the road and 7-6 as an underdog.
Johnny Gaudreau leads the team in points, goals and assists with 75 points, 29 goals and 46 assists. David Rittich is 20-4-5 on the season with a .915 save % and is allowing 2.55 goals per game this year.
Calgary is averaging 3.67 goals per game which ranks 2nd in the NHL. They are averaging 32.16 shots per game which ranks 12th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.8 power play goals per game which is tied for 5th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.58 power play chances per game which ranks 2nd in the NHL. The Flames are allowing 2.93 goals per game which is tied for 12th in the NHL.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are 41-11-4 and 21-5-2 at home. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the best team in the NHL and will likely be heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season once the playoffs start. They currently have 86 points on the season which is the best in the NHL and they have a 12 point lead on the 2nd most in the NHL with the Flames. Tampa Bay is 41-11-4 overall, 21-5-2 at home and 40-10-4 as a favorite.
Nikita Kucherov leads the team in points and assists with 84 points and 60 assists. Brayden Point leads the team in assists with 37. Andrei Vasilvskly is 22-7-4 on the season with a .926 save % and is allowing 2.44 goals per game.
Tampa Bay is averaging 3.88 goals per game which ranks 1st in the NHL. They are averaging 32.52 shots per game which ranks 10th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.95 power play goals per game which ranks 1st in the NHL. They are averaging 3.23 power play chances per game which ranks 8th in the NHL. The Lightning are allowing 2.79 goals per game which ranks 6th in the NHL.
Tampa Bay gets the win at home
This is the best match-up on Tuesday as it features the best team in the East against the best team in the West, but it also features the two teams with the most points in the NHL at this point in the season. Tampa Bay is 6-4 in their last ten match-ups with Calgary while outscoring the Flames by an average of 3.3 to 3 in those games. The Lightning are also 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Flames while both teams are averaging 4.33 goals in those games. I look for Tampa Bay to get the win at home on Tuesday against Calgary. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.