The Blues are looking good for the NHL playoffs, but they won’t want to take any chances. They were scheduled to be on home-ice against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night and won their previous game convincingly 7-2 on home-ice against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday evening, helped by a hat-trick from Jaden Schwartz.
3 goals + 1 assist = a really good game for Jaden Schwartz. pic.twitter.com/h8OvBFMfyg— NHL (@NHL) March 20, 2019
The Blues are averaging 2.92 Goals per Game at present, which leaves them tied 18th in the overall NHL rankings. Defensively they are allowing 2.71 Goals per Game (6th overall). On an individual basis, Vladimir Tarasenko has scored 28 goals this season, while Ryan O’Reilly has contributed 43 assists.
The Lightning have not only long since been guaranteed a playoff spot, but they have also already, remarkably, clinched the Presidents Trophy. They had two tough games on the road prior to this encounter on Wednesday and Thursday evening, when they were scheduled to face the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes respectively. Prior to that, they won their last game 4-1 on home-ice against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday evening.
The Lightning are averaging a highly impressive 3.85 Goals per Game (1st overall), while allowing 2.60 Goals per Game (4th overall). Brayden Point has registered 38 goals this season, while Nikita Kucherov has contributed 82 assists.
With regards to bet predictions, it’s impossible to go against the Lightning at present and they will want to maintain their fantastic run of results going into the NHL playoffs, so they have to be the tips on the Money Line odds to win this game.
Pick: Money Line – Tampa Bay Lightning