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NHL Game Preview - Lightning underdogs vs Blues at Tampa Bay

St. Louis Blues

Tampa Bay Lightning
8-1-2 November 02, 2013, 07:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 9-4-0

The hockey wagering menu sees a clash between Tampa Bay and St. Louis on Saturday, with the host Lightning trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Supporters of the Blues have seen them go 8-1-2 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 9-4-0. In totals betting, the Lightning are 5-8, while the Blues are 6-5.

View St. Louis Blues vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Lightning in this one found them earlier as 105 underdogs on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 10-rated Lightning and the No. 3-ranked Blues, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 3-0 winner on the road against the Hurricanes. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -122 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 3.31 goals per game, against a Blues defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.27 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 22.64% while the Blues defense kills off 79.55% of their penalties.

A few Blues at Lightning trends to consider:
St. Louis is 2-6-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
St. Louis is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 8-3-1 SU in its last 12 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games at home
Tampa Bay is 7-12-3 SU in its last 22 games when playing St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Montreal, Tuesday, November 5th
Tampa Bay at Edmonton, Thursday, November 7th