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Lightning Have Had No Issue Dispatching Red Wings

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Both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings have opened the 2017 season red-hot but history suggests the Bolts are the smart play for bettors. The Lightning have won the past seven meetings with the Red Wings while outscoring their Atlantic Division rivals 25-14.

Shark Bites
  • Nikita Kucherov had 3 goals and 2 assists with a +5 rating in 3 games vs Detroit last season.
  • The Red Wings are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games with 2 days off between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of the Lightning’s last 7 games.

Whoever wins this matchup Monday will officially jump into first in the NHL in points – vaulting over the LA Kings and Chicago Blackhawks. It is worth noting that this game is being played in Detroit and Tampa Bay’s one loss this season came in the Lightning’s only road game.

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy owned the Red Wings last season with a 1.75 GAA and a .943 save percentage in three starts against the club. The 23-year-old has been bailing out the Bolts defense so far this season, as the Lightning have allowed an average of 35.8 shots on net per game.

Jimmy Howard, who is expected to get the start in this one, has been a revelation during the early season for the Red Wings. The 11-year veteran is 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA and a .955 SV%.  Dating back to last season, Howard has allowed two or fewer goals in his past five starts.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Tampa Bay Lightning were listed as -135 favorites on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The OVER/UNDER total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Monday at Bovada.

OddsShark score prediction models pick a 3-2.8 result in favor of the Red Wings today. 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 the party on Monday; they are 4-1-0 this season, while the Red Wings are 4-1-0. Tampa Bay is 4-1 on the totals; Detroit is 4-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Detroit Red Wings sit at No. 6 in the current NHL power poll here at OddsShark, while the Tampa Bay Lightning sit at a No. 5 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Detroit's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 3.6 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 17 at 3.2 goals allowed. The Red Wings power play is averaging 22.22% while the Lightning defense kills off 80% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Blues at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -145 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Detroit was a 6-3 winner in its last match on the road against the Golden Knights. They won as +127 underdogs, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Detroit is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
  • Detroit is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at New Jersey, Tuesday, October 17
Detroit at Toronto, Wednesday, October 18