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Lightning open up season in Boston

Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning will get a big test right out of the gates on Thursday night as they open up their season with a road game against the Boston Bruins.

Boston carries a four-game winning streak against Tampa Bay into this contest, and they went 3-0 versus the Lightning in three meetings last season. The two teams scored a combined 13 goals in those games, with the UNDER paying off twice.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Bruins in this one found them earlier as -170 Favorite on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bruins rated this week at No. 14 and the Lightning sitting at No. 21.

The Lightning were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at +167 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

A few Lightning at Bruins trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Boston
Boston is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Boston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Chicago, Saturday, October 5th
Boston at Detroit, Saturday, October 5th