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Stamkos-less Lightning Aim to End Road Woes in Boston

Losing Steven Stamkos for the season was a serious dagger to the hopes of Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup hopes but they seem to have soldiered on and have gone 3-2 in his stead. The Bruins, their opponents this afternoon, have not been quite as fortunate of late dropping four of their last five and three straight.

SHARK BITES
  • The Bruins are 11-2 in their last 13 games against the Lightning at the TD Garden.
  • 6 of Tampa’s last 8 games on the road against the Bruins have gone UNDER.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Bruins’ last 7 games.

Tampa will be aiming to bring their season series with the Bruins back to even with Boston taking their first matchup 4-3 back at the beginning of the month. Since that win, the Bruins are 1-5 against teams who are currently over .500 and have beaten just two Eastern Conference opponents. Those opponents? The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres.

Playing at home has not been much of a strength for the Bruins this season as they're just 4-5 within the walls of the TD Garden. The Lightning, on the other hand, are 4-1 in their last five games on the road and have had plenty of scoring since their captain went down, accumulating an average of three goals per game without Stamkos in the lineup.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Boston Bruins were listed earlier today as -125 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.

A 3.3-2.1 result in favor of the Lightning is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 13-8-1 this season, while the Bruins are 11-10-0. Tampa Bay is 9-10-3 against the total, while Boston is 7-12-2 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Boston Bruins at No. 14 and the Tampa Bay Lightning at No. 6 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Boston's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 2.33 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.55 goals allowed. The Bruins power play is averaging 14.93% while the Lightning defense kills off 84.51% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lightning were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at +128 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Flames at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Flames at +127 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games
  • Boston is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
  • Boston is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Columbus, Tuesday, November 29th
Boston at Philadelphia, Tuesday, November 29th

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