Boston vs Tampa Bay Pro Hockey Odds

Posted by Aaron . on March 7, 2016 in

On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins head down to sunny Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL betting action. The Bruins (36-23-7, 79 points) are in third place in the Atlantic Division and lost in overtime to the Capitals on Saturday, 2-1. The Bruins face the Florida Panthers on Monday night, also in Florida. The Lightning (39-22-4, 82 points) are in first place in the Atlantic Division and beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, on overtime on Saturday. The Lightning take on the Flyers in Philadelphia on Monday night before returning home to face the B’s.

Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Pro Hockey Odds

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
TV: SunS
Radio: 620 WDAE AM / Lightning Radio Network
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA

 

 

Why should you put your money on the Bruins?

Even though the Bruins will be on the road (and have a game on Monday night), they actually have a bit of an advantage from the schedule, because the Lightning have to head back from Philadelphia on Monday night and be ready to take on the Bruins, while the Bruins just fly up from Miami to Tampa. Also, despite the fact that the Caps held Boston to one goal on Saturday, the Bruins are #3 in the league in offense (3.0 goals per game) and #8 on the power play (21.1%), so they can score on the Lightning.

Why should you bet on Tampa Bay?

The Bruins’ weakness is defense (#19 in the NHL, 2.7 goals per game). While they score in buckets, they also give up a lot of goals, so they end up on the short end of a lot of 5-4 games. The Lightning have the #4 defense (2.3 goals per game) in the league, so they could bottle up the B’s. They also have the #9 offense in the league (2.8 goals per game), so if the Bruins are sloppy, it could be a long night for them.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Boston to take advantage of a tired Tampa Bay team and pour on the offense in Florida. I’m picking the Bruins to win, 4-3.