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Devils vs Lightning Hockey Game Preview

New Jersey Devils

Tampa Bay Lightning
29-25-13 March 15, 2014, 07:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 35-24-7

The New Jersey Devils will look to grab a road win when they take on the Lightning in Tampa Bay at Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday in hockey odds action.

Supporters of the Devils have seen them go 29-25-13 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 35-24-7. In totals betting, the Lightning are 32-31-3, while the Devils are 23-30-14.View New Jersey Devils vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Lightning as -147 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

This game puts the Lightning, most recently No. 20 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Devils, who rate a No. 4 in the latest survey.

The Devils were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at +145 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Panthers on March 13. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -250 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 12-ranked offense (2.89 goals per game) against a Devils defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.58 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 16.67% rate while the Devils have a 86.98% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Devils at Lightning trends to consider:
New Jersey is 3-6-1 SU in its last 10 games on the road
New Jersey is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Jersey's last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
New Jersey is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home

Next up:
New Jersey home to Boston, Tuesday, March 18th
Tampa Bay home to Vancouver, Monday, March 17th