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Lightning Big Home Faves to Snuff Out Hot Flames

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Calgary Flames tonight and the league-leading Bolts have started to get back on track after dropping two road games. The Lightning are going for their third consecutive win and are the second most profitable home team in the NHL. They opened as an overwhelming favorite vs a Flames squad that has won four straight.

  • Tampa Bay is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games.
  • The UNDER has hit in 6 of Calgary’s last 8 games.
  • Calgary is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 road games.

You know the Lightning are a great team when the hockey community labels a two-game losing streak as a “struggle.” Tampa has been on a tear all season and has been especially profitable at home with a record of 17-4 SU. The top-scoring offense in the league has continued to dominate the league and the Bolts are 7-1 SU at home when facing Western Conference teams. Bettors will also be interested to know that Tampa is 11-5 SU in the last 16 games when playing the Flames.

Calgary has moved on from its terrible December and is now on the cusp of breaking through to a playoff spot. The Flames were 4-9 SU in the final month of 2017 but since then have gone 4-0 SU and are coming off a surprising win vs the Wild where they snatched a 3-2 OT win from Minnesota. During this streak, Johnny Gaudreau has been an assist machine, notching eight helpers in those contests.

The total opened at 5.5 and while the Lightning score a ton of goals, Tampa is also the second-best defensive team in the league, allowing only 2.49 goals per game. The UNDER may be the best play as it has hit in six of the last eight games in this matchup.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Calgary Flames opened as +184 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at OddsShark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring OVER/UNDER betting; watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Lightning to win this game 3.9-2. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Calgary Flames vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Lightning are 31-9-3 so far on the season. The Calgary Flames, meanwhile, are 22-16-4. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Tampa Bay go 25-18 and the Flames go 18-23-1 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Calgary injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Lightning and the No. 16-ranked Flames, according to the latest NHL power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Tampa Bay Lightning's No. 1-ranked offense (3.72 goals per game) against a Calgary Flames defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.88 goals per game allowed. The Lightning power play has clicked at a 24.84% rate while the Flames have a 78.83% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Calgary was a 3-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Wild. They won as +113 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 5-4 winner at home against the Hurricanes. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -189 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Calgary is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Calgary's last 8 games
  • Calgary is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Calgary's last 8 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Calgary at Florida, Friday, January 12
Tampa Bay home to Las Vegas, Thursday, January 18