Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins Hockey Prediction 3-23-17
It’s time to panic in Boston as David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand have gone two games without registering any points. Clearly, opposing teams have figured out who to shut down and the rest of the Bruins will/do follow suit.
I thought the Bruins may make the playoffs, and I still believe they do. However, they are facing a very desperate Lightning squad who can still make it into the postseason mathematically. Still, Tampa is 5 points out of the final wild-card spot, and Toronto just keeps winning. Now Boston has to fight off the Islanders, as they only have two points on New York.
Boston has dropped to the final wild card position as Toronto has a 1 point advantage over them and Ottawa has a 6 point cushion over Boston. Clearly, Boston needs to stop losing, or they will join the basement dwellers.
Tampa comes into this game off of another loss, this time at the hands of the spoilers, Arizona Coyotes. They allowed 5 goals, and now have lost three straight allowing 15 goals total. Five goals in each game while only scoring 6 goals. Injuries, as I have said before, have caught up to them. The roster isn’t deep enough, if it was, they would be following Pittsburgh’s skates.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask is 12-5-1 with a 2.60 goals against average and a .904 save percentage versus Tampa in his career. Along with three shutouts.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins Hockey Predictions 3-23-17
I get why the Bruins are a -200 money line home favorite, but wow! Tampa is done, they have dried up, I get that, but the -200 odds are way to pucking high in my opinion. Boston should take this one, but again, not worth the -200 odds. Remember, they were -180 home favorites in their last game versus Ottawa. I backed the Senators as a +165 road underdog as my top NHL pick of the week. But Tampa can’t take this one and not worth the risk for either team. Take a shot at the under, or stay away. This is not an official pick, it has no rating and it will not be documented.
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