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Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning (19-6-2) vs. Colorado Avalanche (12-12-2)

NHL: Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 7:30PM @ Amalie Arena SunSports

Line: Tampa Bay -245, Colorado +218

Pick: Tampa Bay

FREE NHL PICK TAMPA BAY VS. COLORADO

The past few seasons haven’t been too great for the Colorado Avalanche, but they come into Thursday night’s matchup with a much improved record and knowledge that they can’t let the losses pile up.  They are very vulnerable right now, losing five of their last six, and need to get out of this drought as soon as possible.  Their most recent defeat came against the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 4-2 on Tuesday.  Colorado got a couple power play goals, but gave up three goals on 34 shots and ultimately lost.  The Sabres were struggling coming in as well, but goals by Benoit Pouiliot and Jake McGabe led the way for Buffalo.  Goaltender Robin Lehner had 35 stops to stop their four-game losing streak.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have shown fans some worrisome signs after a promising start to the season, losing four of their last six contests.   However, they have won two in a row and have given people reason to confirm their beliefs in them.  Tampa Bay is coming off of a one-sided defeat over the New York Islanders, coming away with a final score of 6-2.  On the struggling New York side, the goals came from Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal, and goaltender Thomas Greiss made 28 stops.  For Tampa Bay, Yanni Gourde had a couple of goals to himself, while Brayden Point, Andrej Sustr, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Chris Kunitz joined the party.  Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 shots in the victory.

FREE NHL PREDICTION TAMPA BAY VS. COLORADO

Both the Avalanche and the Lightning have been losing a decent amount lately, but there’s a main difference.  The Avalanche have lost five of their last six games, and the biggest thing here is that they are currently losers of three straight.  The Lightning, on the other hand, were in a four-game drought but revived hopes when they won two straight in dominant fashion.  The records are also something to notice, as Colorado has failed to win half of their games while Tampa Bay stands at an impressive 19-6-2.  While an upset is always possible, I think there is too much going right for the Lightning to lose this one against a struggling Avalanche team.  I’ll take the home team here to bring their streak to three straight wins.

[button type=”big” color=”blue”] Pick: Tampa Bay[/button]

"The power play came through and delivered for us. And I thought once we scored that goal, then we began to push.”

ICYMI: From 3 Things, #Bolts' special teams the difference in 4-2 victory over Carolina Tuesday night. #CARvsTBL
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"The power play came through and delivered for us. And I thought once we scored that goal, then we began to push.”

From 3 Things, #Bolts' special teams the difference in 4-2 victory over Carolina Tuesday night. #CARvsTBL
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Cooper on how Tyler Johnson played tonight: "I know he had three, he probably could have had more just from the chances he was creating. His linemates were obviously helping him out, but boy that kid was flying tonight.” #Bolts #CARvsTBL

With his assist on Tyler Johnson's empty-netter, Nikita Kucherov (189 career assists) pulled into a tie with Brian Bradley for seventh place among the Lightning’s all-time assist leaders. #Bolts #CARvsTBL

#Bolts matched a franchise record tonight for consecutive games without allowing an opponent power-play goal to start a season (4 games) set previously in 2011-12 and 2000-01. Lightning PK is a perfect 18-for-18 so far this season. #CARvsTBL

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