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Potential Stanley Cup Finals preview with Knights vs Lightning

The Vegas Golden Knights don’t get much time to recover after a tough 1-0 loss to the Predators. The Knights will lace up the skates tonight and try to rebound vs the Tampa Bay Lightning. But the Bolts won’t make it easy for Vegas as Tampa is 17-5 SU at home this season and owns the best W-L record in the NHL.

  • The total has gone UNDER in four of Vegas’s last five games.
  • Tampa is 9-2 SU in its last 11 home games.
  • Nikita Kucherov leads the NHL with 60 points.

Tampa Bay opened as a heavy favorite in this matchup despite dropping two of its last four home games. The Lightning are coming off a loss to Calgary where they got stomped 5-1. But they typically don't drop two games in a row at home. This season, Tampa has only lost consecutive games on two occasions, both times on the road.

After dropping two games to divisional rivals, the Knights are starting to slow down after their hot streak. The Knights in January are 3-3 SU and 4-2 ATS and have started to look mortal after the superhuman efforts that took them to the top of the Western Conference. The good news for Knights backers is they’re 5-2 SU in the last seven road games and have beaten the Lightning already this season 4-3 back in December.

The total opened at 6 between these two powerhouses and while both teams are dynamite defensive squads, this contest may turn into an offensive explosion. The OVER has hit in eight of Tampa’s last 10 home games and the Lightning are averaging the most goals per game this season at 3.61. Bettors should also be aware that the OVER hit in the first matchup between these two clubs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Tampa Bay Lightning as -175 favorites earlier today. The OVER/UNDER opened at 6 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Lightning to win this game 3-2.7. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Vegas Golden Knights have seen them go 29-11-3 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 31-10-3. In totals betting, the Tampa Bay Lightning are 26-18, while the Golden Knights are 23-18-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Vegas injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Lightning and the No. 10-ranked Golden Knights, 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 (3.66 goals per game) against a Vegas Golden Knights defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.72 goals per game allowed. The Lightning power play has clicked at a 24.36% rate while the Golden Knights have a 82.03% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Vegas was a 1-0 loser on the road against the Predators. Bettors on Nashville at -117 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Tampa Bay was a 5-1 loser in its last match at home against the Flames. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 6 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Vegas is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Vegas is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vegas's last 6 games
  • Vegas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Vegas at Florida, Friday, January 19
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, Saturday, January 20