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New Jersey Devils battle vs Tampa Bay Lightning highlights NHL odds menu

Tampa Bay Lightning

New Jersey Devils
18-10-3 December 14, 2013, 07:00 PM | Prudential Center 12-15-6

NHL wagering interest swings to the New Jersey vs Tampa Bay battle on Saturday at Prudential Center as the Devils try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

This season the Devils are 12-15-6 overall while the Lightning are 18-10-3. As for the totals, New Jersey is 10-16-7 on the OU, and Tampa Bay is 12-17-2.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Devils as -121 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5 at BetOnline.

This game puts the Devils, most recently No. 15 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Lightning, who rate a No. 23 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Red Wings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -115 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, New Jersey was a 3-2 loser on the road against the Penguins. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -182 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Jersey's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 2.27 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.48 goals allowed. The Devils power play is averaging 17.35% while the Lightning defense kills off 83.64% of their penalties.

A few Lightning at Devils trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
New Jersey is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games
New Jersey is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
New Jersey is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Jersey's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Detroit, Sunday, December 15th
New Jersey home to Ottawa, Wednesday, December 18th