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Hockey odds preview - Tampa Bay vs. Calgary

Tampa Bay Lightning

Calgary Flames
24-12-4 January 03, 2014, 09:00 PM | Scotiabank Saddledome 14-20-6

The Calgary Flames look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the Lightning arrive at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

Supporters of the Lightning have seen them go 24-12-4 so far this season, while the Flames are at 14-20-6. In totals betting, the Flames are 19-21, while the Lightning are 16-21-3.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Flames as 110 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 20-rated Lightning taking on the No. 29-rated Flames in this contest.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Canucks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at +144 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Calgary was a 4-1 loser at home against the Flyers. Bettors on Philadelphia at +100 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Calgary's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 2.4 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.38 goals allowed. The Flames power play is averaging 14.29% while the Lightning defense kills off 82.22% of their penalties.

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Edmonton, Sunday, January 5th
Calgary at Quebec, Monday, January 6th