The Philadelphia Flyers (28-24-7) meet the Tampa Bay Lightning (44-11-4) at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night.
The Flyers last game was on Monday evening, when they won 3-1 on the road at the Detroit Red Wings. That was a 12th win in their last 14 games for the rapidly improving Flyers, with Scott Gordon overseeing a major upturn in form since replacing Dave Hakstol as coach.
The Flyers currently average 2.95 Goals per Game, which places them tied 16th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.31 Goals per Game (25th). On an individual basis, Sean Couturier has 24 goals, while Claude Giroux has provided 44 assists.
The Lightning were on the road on Monday evening at the Columbus Blue Jackets, with their game previous to that being a 3-0 win (their 5th consecutive win) on home-ice against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday evening.
The Lightning are near certainties to win the Presidents’ Trophy at this stage, with a remarkable 15 point advantage at the top of the overall standings at present.
The Lightning average 3.86 Goals per Game, leaving them 1st in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.68 Goals per Game (5th overall). Brayden Point has 33 goals, while Nikita Kucherov has contributed 67 assists.
Although predictions are complicated by the fact that the Flyers have the benefit of home-ice and have had a day’s extra rest, the Lightning have been such a dominant force this season that they have to be the tips on the Money Line betting odds to win here.
Pick: Money Line – Tampa Bay Lightning @ -167 (888sport)