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Blues Aim to Keep the Lightning Grounded

Inter-conference play this evening sees the Tampa Bay Lightning travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues in the first of their two season meetings. Tampa has entered a significant slump and will be the large underdog by the time books close this evening.

  • The Lightning are 0-5 in their last 5 games against the Blues.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Blues’ last 4 games.
  • The Lightning are 0-3 this season when pegged as an underdog of +117 or more.

The Lightning have started to lose significant ground in the Atlantic Division race with the loss of Steven Stamkos beginning to manifest itself in the form of losses. The Blues are trending in the completely opposite direction as they’ve gone 5-2 on the puckline in their last seven games and have won four straight as favorites.

Vladimir Tarasenko has led the charge for a St. Louis offense that has scored at least three goals in eight straight games and that’s posted just one UNDER in that span. The Russian sniper has 10 points in those games and is an absolute must-play in all forms of fantasy tonight.

Ben Bishop (probable) has given up at least three goals in all but one of his last six starts and has struggled when faced with a high volume of shots. That could become an issue tonight against a Blues team that averages 30 five-on-five shots per 60 minutes.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the St. Louis Blues in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -160 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Thursday's contest. The over-under total was at 5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.4-2 win for the Blues on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Blues currently sport a record of 13-7-3. The Tampa Bay Lightning are 13-10-1. Betting totals have seen the Blues post a 9-10-4 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Lightning have gone 10-10-4 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 17-ranked St. Louis Blues and the No. 8-rated Tampa Bay Lightning in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits St. Louis's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 2.7 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.71 goals allowed. The Blues power play is averaging 21.52% while the Lightning defense kills off 83.56% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lightning were a 5-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at -129 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.

St. Louis was a 4-3 winner in its last match at home against the Stars. They won as favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • St. Louis is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games
  • St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Washington, Saturday, December 3rd
St. Louis home to Winnipeg, Saturday, December 3rd