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Visitor Struggles in DET-TB Meetings

Ben Bishop Tampa Bay Lightning Brad Richards Detroit Red Wings NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

After slumping out of the gate in their opening round series, the Detroit Red can even things up with the Tampa Bay Lightning at two games apiece in Motown Tuesday night. A change in the crease seemed to inspire the Wings in Game 3 and they’ll took to keep that momentum going in Game 4.

Shark Bites
  • The favorite is 5-0 SU in the previous five meetings.
  • The Red Wings are 4-0 SU in their last four home games.
  • The Lightning are 0-6 SU in their last six games as underdogs.

At online book Bovada, the Wings are -130 in moneyline markets while the Lightning are +110. As for the total, OVER 5 goals is EVEN while UNDER 5 goals is presently -120.

Jimmy Howard was between the pipes for the losses in games one and two and the switch to Petr Mrazek seemed to light a fire under Detroit for Game 3. Mrazek only had to stop 16 shots en route to a shutout in Detroit’s 2-0 win in Game 3 as the Wings took a much tighter defensive approach on the ice.

Considering the lack of offensive punch, the Wings will have to lean heavily on its goaltending. They Wings managed just six goals through the first three games and they’ve been scored by six different players. Tomas Tatar leads the team in scoring with three assists and only he and Mike Green (two points) have recorded more than a single point thus far.

Speaking of offensive punch, Tampa's trio of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn had recorded a combined 15 points in the opening two games but were held scoreless by the Wings in Game 3.

One thing to note is how awful the visitor has been in meetings between these two Eastern Conference clubs. In the previous eight meetings between the two the visitor is 0-8 SU (regular season and postseason).

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Tampa Bay Lightning opened as 105 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.6-2 win for the Red Wings on Tuesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 48-32-5 this season, while the Red Wings are 42-32-11. Tampa Bay is 35-40-10 on the totals; Detroit is 32-37-16. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 10-ranked Detroit Red Wings and the No. 21-rated Tampa Bay Lightning in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Detroit's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 2.55 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.44 goals allowed. The Red Wings power play is averaging 18.02% while the Lightning defense kills off 84.67% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Red Wings on April 17. Bettors who backed the Red Wings at -121 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
  • Tampa Bay is 5-16-1 SU in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Detroit
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games when playing on the road against Detroit
  • Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • Detroit is 16-5-1 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Detroit, Thursday, April 21st