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Bolts Favored Over Flyers In Top-Seed Showdown

Andrei Vasilevskiy making a save against the Washington Capitals

The Tampa Bay Lightning are listed as the betting favorites for their Saturday night matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers with the top seed in the Eastern Conference on the line.

Philadelphia Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Date/Time: August 8, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Scotiabank Arena
  • TV Coverage: NBC, SNET
  • Opening Odds: Lightning -135 | O/U 5.5 (Line History)
  • Flyers vs Lightning (Matchup Report)

Opening Odds Analysis

The Lightning opened as -135 betting favorites for this Saturday night contest and that line has stayed steady at sportsbooks. The total for the contest is listed at just 5.5 goals with strong goaltending expected in a matchup of Carter Hart vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Philadelphia News & Notes

The Flyers are a perfect 2-0 so far in the round-robin portion of the NHL’s preliminary playoff round, getting past the Boston Bruins by a 4-1 score as +115 underdogs on the betting lines and then knocking off the Washington Capitals 3-1 as slight -115 favorites. Both of those games were UNDER results on the total, and the UNDER has paid off for bettors in each of Philadelphia’s last five games dating back to the regular season.

Philadelphia will be without forward Jakub Voracek on Saturday, with James van Riemsdyk drawing back into the lineup. Hart played the team’s round-robin opener against the Bruins, allowing just one goal on 35 shots in the contest. Brian Elliott faced Washington on Thursday, so Hart will be well-rested between the pipes for the Flyers.

Tampa Bay News & Notes

The Lightning opened their round-robin schedule with a 3-2 shootout win over Washington as -140 betting favorites, then edged Boston 3-2 at -105 on the NHL moneyline to join the Flyers at 2-0 heading into Saturday’s showdown in Toronto. And the Bolts can thank their Vezina Trophy finalist between the pipes for those victories, as Vasilevskiy played both games while allowing the four goals on 60 total shots.

Tampa Bay again won’t have Steven Stamkos on the ice on Saturday as he nurses a lower-body injury, and his status for the team’s playoff opener next week is still questionable as well. Without Stamkos in the lineup, the Bolts have managed to score just five goals so far in the round robin, and no skater has collected more than two points.

Betting Pick: UNDER 5.5

With the star skaters on both teams still shaking off the rust and each netminder looking strong so far in the round robin, expect a lower-scoring contest on Saturday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Lightning are 7-0 in their last 7 games vs the Flyers.
  • The UNDER is 4-0 for the two teams in the round robin.
  • Giroux, Couturier, Konecny have 0 goals in 2 games.