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Red Wings look for rare win over Bolts

The Detroit Red Wings are just 1-6 in their last seven games against the Tampa Bay Lightning as those two Eastern Conference contenders hit the ice together in NHL betting action at the online sportsbooks on Friday night.

Detroit and Tampa Bay last met on January 29, with the Lightning rolling to a 5-1 win as a -140 home favorite in that OVER result at the sportsbooks. The OVER has paid off for totals bettors in three of the last four games between the Red Wings and the Lightning dating back to last season.

Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning Opening Odds and Betting Line

Betting fans looking to side with the Tampa Bay Lightning in this one found them earlier as -156 Favorite on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Computer Prediction: Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning Pick

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.5-2.8 win for the Lightning. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Detroit Red Wings have seen them go 38-20-11 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 43-21-7. In totals betting, the Tampa Bay Lightning are 39-32, while the Red Wings are 31-30-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Detroit injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 3-rated Detroit Red Wings taking on the No. 7-rated Tampa Bay Lightning in this contest.

How Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Tampa Bay Lightning No. 1-ranked offense (3.24 goals per game) against a Detroit Red Wings defense that ranks No. 16 at 2.7 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 18.37% rate while the Red Wings have a 81.25% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Detroit was a 3-1 loser on the road against the Panthers. Bettors on Florida at -120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

The Lightning were a 4-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Canadiens. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -125 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.

Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Odds Trends

Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games at home
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit home to St. Louis, Sunday, March 22nd
Tampa Bay home to Boston, Sunday, March 22nd