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Tampa Bay Lightning take on Avalanche in hockey test

Tampa Bay LightningColorado Avalanche
Dec 23, 9:00 PM | Pepsi Center

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche Odds

14-17-2TEAM RECORD17-17-1

The Colorado Avalanche will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Tampa Bay Lightning invade Pepsi Center on Friday.

Colorado battles the Lightning, currently with a 14-17-2 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 15-17-3 for the Avalanche and 20-12-1 for the Lightning.

View Tampa Bay vs Colorado Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Avalanche as -130 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 5.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Avalanche rated this week at No. 12 and the Lightning sitting at No. 24.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Colorado's No. 18-ranked offense (2.7 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 30 at 3.5 goals per game allowed. The Avalanche powerplay has clicked at a 20.7% rate while the Lightning have a 80.3% rate on the penalty kill.

The Lightning were a 7-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Sharks. That made winners of bettors who got San Jose at -185 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Colorado was a 3-2 winner at home against the Blues. Bettors on Colorado at +135 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing San Jose are 7-7-1
After a loss are 4-6

Colorado Avalanche Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Buffalo are 7-3
After playing St. Louis are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

A few Lightning at Avalanche trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing on the road against Colorado
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Colorado
Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Colorado is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Philadelphia, Tuesday, December 27
Colorado at Minnesota, Monday, December 26