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Wild, Lightning Love Going UNDER

The Tampa Bay Lightning simply aren’t looking like the same team that went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals last year. Next up on the docket for the inconsistent Bolts is a home date with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings between the Wild and Lightning in Tampa Bay.
  • The home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between the Wild and Lightning.
  • The UNDER is 5-0-1 in the Wild's last 6 road games.

The confines of Amalie Arena have been anything but friendly for Tampa lately, however, as the Lightning are just 2-4 in their last six home games.

UNDER bettors have been laughing all the way to the bank when the Lightning and Wild have collided. The UNDER has paid out in seven out of the previous eight contests between the teams. Each of Minnesota’s last four games have gone below the closing total as well.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Tampa Bay Lightning as -121 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 2.8-2.4 result in favor of the Wild. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Minnesota Wild vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Minnesota Wild will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 20-10-6 this season, while the Lightning are 18-16-4. Minnesota is 12-17-7 against the total, while Tampa Bay is 14-19-5 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Minnesota injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tampa Bay Lightning rated this week at No. 16 and the Minnesota Wild sitting at No. 13.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Tampa Bay Lightning No. 19-ranked offense (2.55 goals per game) against a Minnesota Wild defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.36 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 19.26% rate while the Wild have a 77.27% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wild were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Blues. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at +107 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 5-2 loser at home against the Rangers. Bettors on New York at +122 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at Florida, Sunday, January 3rd
Tampa Bay at Calgary, Tuesday, January 5th