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Sizzling Knights, Lightning Set to Collide in Vegas

The Vegas Golden Knights continue to impress this season and share the best home record with their opponent tonight, the Tampa Bay Lightning. At 13-3 SU at home, the Knights have been the feel-good story of the season and are 6-1 SU in their last seven. Those positive vibes may come to a crashing halt, though, as Tampa has been a juggernaut and is riding a seven-game winning streak. The Lightning opened as a -135 favorite to hit the jackpot.

  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Lightning’s last seven games.
  • The Lightning are 5-0 SU in their last five games with two days off between games.
  • Nikita Kucherov leads the NHL with 23 goals this season.

This will be the Knights’ first matchup vs the Lightning in the franchise’s history and they will face an uphill battle to walk out of T-Mobile Arena with the W. Vegas is on a four-game winning streak and has been the best home bet of the season for bettors. And they’ve done well at home vs teams with winning records at 6-1 SU and ATS in their last seven games.

Tampa has been the toast of the NHL, tops the league with 50 points and is at 24-8 SU this season. And the Lightning have turned it up even more in December as Tampa has yet to lose this month while averaging 4.71 goals per game. Their top two playmakers, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, continue to be one and two in the scoring race and show no signs of slowing down. It would be a respectable wager if bettors backed the Lightning in this one.

The total opened at 6 and while both of these teams have been scoring like crazy, the UNDER may be the way to go. Tampa allows the second-fewest goals per game in the league and has yielded only 2.14 a game in the month of December. And at T-Mobile Arena, the Knights only allow 2.4 goals per game, which is in the top 10 in the NHL.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Vegas Golden Knights as +118 underdogs earlier today. The OVER/UNDER opened at 6 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Lightning to win this game 3.8-1.9. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Tampa Bay Lightning have seen them go 24-6-2 so far this season, while the Golden Knights are at 21-9-2. In totals betting, the Golden Knights are 20-10-2, while the Lightning are 19-13. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Vegas vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 9 (Golden Knights) and the No. 1 (Lightning) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Vegas Golden Knights' No. 3-ranked offense (3.5 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Golden Knights power play has clicked at a 18.18% rate while the Lightning have a 81.37% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 6-5 winner on the road against the Avalanche. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -179 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

The Golden Knights were a 5-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Vegas at -170 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Vegas is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Vegas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 17 of Vegas's last 25 games
  • Vegas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Ottawa, Thursday, December 21
Vegas home to Washington, Saturday, December 23