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Lightning vs Senators Hockey Game Preview

Tampa Bay LightningOttawa Senators
Jan 5, 7:30 PM | Scotiabank Place

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators Odds

17-18-3TEAM RECORD20-15-5

The Ottawa Senators battle the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday in NHL betting action at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators bring a 20-15-5 record to the battle against the 17-18-3 Lightning. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Ottawa go 23-17 so far and the Lightning go 24-13-1.

View Tampa Bay vs Ottawa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Senators as -140 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 5.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 19-rated Senators and the No. 24-ranked Lightning, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ottawa's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 3.1 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 30 at 3.4 goals allowed. The Senators power play is averaging 17.7% while the Lightning defense kills off 79.6% of their penalties.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 7-3 result against the Maple Leafs on January 3. Bettors who backed the Maple Leafs at -130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Senators were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got Ottawa at -110 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Ottawa Senators Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing New Jersey are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Lightning at Senators trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Ottawa
Ottawa is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Ottawa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Ottawa is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Ottawa's last 8 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Montreal, Saturday, January 7
Ottawa at Philadelphia, Saturday, January 7