Red Wings (23-33-10, 56 points) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (51-13-4, 106 points)
March 9, 2019, 7:00 PM EST (Amalie Arena)
Moneyline: Tampa Bay Lightning -500/ Detroit Red Wings +400
Puckline: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5
ESPN NHL Scores: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings broke their eight-game losing streak by beating the New York Rangers 3-2. Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay Lightning are coming to town to ensure a streak doesn’t begin.
The Lightning became the first team to score a playoff spot this year and will gladly welcome the Red Wings to town, to celebrate. Their +84 goal differential is hoping to get closer to +90 tonight.
Detroit Red Wings
Surprisingly enough, the Detroit Red Wings won a game with both Dylan Larkin and Mike Green missing ice-time. Detroit’s victory did come against a fellow bottom-feeder in the New York Rangers, so the only thing to gather from that win is that the Red Wings current prospects are better than New York’s.
The Detroit Red Wings are 2-5-3 in their last ten games, and there is no reason to expect the team to trend any better, heading into April. The Wings are the 24th ranked possession team and are about to face-off against the best shooting team and a top 5 defensive team.
As a top-5 team in goals against and bottom 6 in goals for, the Red Wings have struggled mightily to keep pace with any outfit and not having their two best forwards (Larkin injured and Nyquist gone) they are sure to keep losing.
Tampa Bay Lighting
Tampa Bay just got shut-out by the Minnesota Wild. The top-scoring offense had not taken many off-nights this season, with 257 goals-for and a 29.02 PP%. The Lightning will be sure to pepper the net in response to that poor performance.
As hockey observers, we know the Lightning can find goals from any line on the team. An 11.7 shooting percentage for the season is hard to come by. With three players producing over a point-per-game pace, the Lightning will continue to score and add to their +84 goal differential.
Nikita Kucherov was expected to score, but Brayden Point (who has won awards in two-straight seasons) has taken another massive step forward this year. He’s already surpassed his career best in goals and points, and his 22.3% shooting percentage had a lot to do with it. Expect Point to take advantage of facing a very spotty defensive and less than average goaltending.
Cover the Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games
The Red Wings are 1-8 SU in its last nine games
Wings are 6-3 ATS in its last nine games on the road
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games
The Lightning are 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
Lighting are 8-1 SU in its last nine games at home
Free NHL Predictions: Detroit Red Wings @ Tampa Bay Lightning
Okay…this is tough. The amount of money you could win by taking the Wings is fun to think. But the Lighting are the Lightning and Wings are the Wings. We’re looking at the best team in the league and one of the most complete and dominant teams we’ve seen since the ’90s. And from the other side, one of the worst Red Wings teams since 80’s and ’70s.
If you take the Red Wings, you’ll have an exciting first period, before this game gets out of hand. But if you make the Lightning, you won’t win much, but you also won’t be throwing your money away.