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Canucks face Tampa Bay Lightning: NHL odds preview and stats

Vancouver Canucks

Tampa Bay Lightning
31-29-10 March 17, 2014, 07:30 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 36-24-7

Tampa Bay will try to be nasty hosts on Monday when the Vancouver Canucks pay a visit to Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Lightning bring a 36-24-7 record to the battle against the 31-29-10 Canucks. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Tampa Bay go 32-32-3 so far and the Canucks go 25-37-8. View Vancouver Canucks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Vancouver before puck drop in this match found them as 153-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, ccording to BetOnline.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 22-ranked Lightning and the No. 27-rated Canucks in this matchup.

The Canucks were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Vancouver at -110 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Devils on March 15. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -158 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 11-ranked offense (2.9 goals per game) against a Canucks defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.71 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 16.59% rate while the Canucks have a 83.05% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Vancouver home to Nashville, Wednesday, March 19th
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Wednesday, March 19th