The Tampa Bay Lightning (41-11-4) meet the Calgary Flames (34-15-6) at the Amalie Arena on Tuesday night, with the two teams leading the way in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy.
The Lightning are having a particularly impressive season, with them having 12 points more than the Flames at the top of the NHL standings at present. The Lightning’s last game was a 5-2 win on the road at the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (center) reacts after scoring a goal with right wing Mathieu Joseph (right) during the second period against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. @nhl @tblightning @flapanthers ⚡️defeated the Panthers. pic.twitter.com/wM3oE0C6EK— Steve Mitchell Photography (@smitchellphoto) February 11, 2019
The Lightning are currently averaging 3.85 Goals per Game, which places them 1st in the NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.77 Goals per Game, which places them 6th overall. They have a Power Play % of 29.1 (1st) and a Penalty Kill % of 85.0 (2nd). Brayden Point has 32 goals for the Lightning, while Nikita Kucherov has contributed 60 assists.
The Flames lost their third game in the last four when going down 4-3 in a shootout on the road at the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
The Flames are averaging 3.67 Goals per Game, leaving them 2nd in the overall standings, while allowing 2.87 Goals per Game (10th overall). They have a Power Play % of 22.3 (9th) and a Penalty Kill % of 79.8 (18th). Johnny Gaudreau has 29 goals and 46 assists for the Flames to date.
When making predictions for this game, it’s nigh on impossible to go against the dominant Lightning this season, particularly when they are also on home-ice. So, the Lightning have to be the pick on the Money Line betting odds to win this game.
Pick: Money Line – Tampa Bay Lightning @ -143 (888sport)