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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets Betting Preview

Winnipeg Jets

Tampa Bay Lightning
13-13-4 December 07, 2013, 07:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 17-10-1

Tampa Bay will try to be nasty hosts on Saturday when the Winnipeg Jets pay a visit to Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Lightning sit at 17-10-1 on the season; in comparison, the Jets are currently 13-13-4. Looking to wager on the totals? Tampa Bay is 11-15-2 OU, and Winnipeg is 11-16-3 OU.

View Winnipeg Jets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as -152 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 20-ranked Lightning and the No. 26-rated Jets in this matchup.

The Jets were a 5-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at -115 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Senators on December 5. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -115 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 10-ranked offense (2.82 goals per game) against a Jets defense that ranks No. 21 at 2.9 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 16% rate while the Jets have a 83.64% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Jets at Lightning trends to consider:
Winnipeg is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Winnipeg's last 11 games on the road
Winnipeg is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Winnipeg is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Tampa Bay is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing Winnipeg

Next up:
Winnipeg home to St. Louis, Tuesday, December 10th
Tampa Bay at Washington, Tuesday, December 10th