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Tampa Bay favored by -205 against Calgary on Thursday

Calgary Flames

Tampa Bay Lightning
31-38-7 April 03, 2014, 07:30 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 42-25-9

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Calgary Flames invade Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday.

The Flames will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 31-38-7 this season, while the Lightning are 42-25-9. Calgary is 34-39-3 against the total, while Tampa Bay is 38-35-3 versus the number.View Calgary Flames vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Lightning in this one found them earlier as -205 Favorite 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.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 21-ranked Lightning and the No. 9-rated Flames in this matchup.

Last time out for Calgary, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Maple Leafs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Maple Leafs at -145 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the Canadiens at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -130 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 8-ranked offense (2.97 goals per game) against a Flames defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.97 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 18.43% rate while the Flames have a 81.9% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Calgary at Florida, Friday, April 4th
Tampa Bay home to Dallas, Saturday, April 5th