The Tampa Bay Lightning will head to Vancouver to take on the Canucks in this cross-conference matchup. The puck drop for this game is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. eastern from the Rogers Arena.
The Lightning have lost three games in a row and have slipped into second place in the Atlantic Division. Vancouver ended a three-game winning streak Friday night with a loss to the Washington Capitals.
Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Preview: The Lightning Need to Refocus
This is only the Lightning’s third three-game losing streak all season. While it is not quite time to begin to get nervous, the Lightning have not been playing good hockey in these three games.
The Lightning have been one of the best offensive teams in hockey this season, averaging 3.38 goals per game. In their last five games, they are down to only 3.0 a game.
Leasing the way for the offense is the veteran, Steven Stamkos. He has a team-high 63 points, scoring 27 goals and assisting on 36 others.
Victor Hedman is the only other player on the team that has made it over 50 total points. He is second on the team with 57 points, scoring 14 goals, and assisting on 43 others.
The real reason for a majority of their success is the play of their goaltender, Andrei Vasilevskiy. His record stands at 30-11-2 and is giving up 2.43 goals per game.
Vancouver Canucks Betting Preview: Getting Right Back to Winning
The Canucks are going to give it their all to get into the playoffs this season. Just three points out of a tie for third place, the Canucks can not let an overtime loss affect them and have to jump right back into the winning mode.
Offensively the Canucks have struggled most of the season, averaging just 2.86 goals per game, which is in the bottom 10 of the NHL. In their last five games, the Canucks were averaging 4.0 goals per game.
J.T. Miller is not only having the best season of his career, he is leading the Canucks offense into a potential playoff push. He has a team-high 69 points, scoring 23 goals, and assisting on 46 others.
Quinn Hughes is currently on a four-game point-scoring streak. He is second on the team in points with 48, scoring five goals, and assisting on 43 others.
Thatcher Demko has been the main goaltender for the Canucks. He has a record of 26-16-2 and is giving up 2.67 goals per game.
Lightning vs. Canucks Betting Odds & Lines
BetOnline has the Tampa Bay Lightning as the moneyline favorite at -140.
Free Betting Pick
The Lightning are currently on a three-game losing streak, with all three of the games being played on the road. They are averaging 3.0 goals in their last five road games.
The Canucks have been battling it out during their home games these last few games. In their lastr five home games, they are averaging 4.8 goals per game.
While on paper, the Lightning look to be the best team, the Canucks are the ones that have more to play for at this point in the season.