Lightning Welcome Surging Coyotes
The Arizona Coyotes have matched their season high for a winning streak as they ride a three-game into Tampa Bay on Saturday evening. They’re a sizable underdog on the NHL betting odds, though, as the oddsmakers aren’t expecting them to extend their run.
Tampa Bay had a sluggish start to the season but has been one of the best teams to bet online over the last month. Is the Lightning going to end their 2022 calendar year on a high note?
Let’s check the latest NHL odds, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Coyotes vs Lightning. We’ve plenty of NHL betting odds for you to consider.
Arizona has just 13 wins on the season, so winning three in a row is significant. The Coyotes have done so just one other time this season but that’s where their streak ended. Those who bet online are wary of this streak ending at the same time again.
The Coyotes have been quite competent of late, though, as they’ve beaten some quality teams along the way. Arizona defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in its most recent outing – one of the top teams in the East – and the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche before that.
The third win in the streak was against the Los Angeles Kings, who are 21-12-6. The Coyotes are cooking on offense with 14 goals scored during this mini-run.
The challenge here for those making their NHL picks is that this offense is hard to trust. They otherwise have averaged just 2.88 goals, which is 26th in the NHL. It’s unlikely that they will keep this up.
Lightning on a Roll
The Lightning had a bit of a Stanley Cup hangover as they started the season just 7-6-1. However, since that start, you’d be hard-pressed to find a team that’s playing better than Tampa Bay.
The Lightning has won 15 of their last 20 games and is looking very crisp.
Everyone knows that the offense is going to be strong given the number of weapons they have, but it’s been the goaltending that’s led the way of late.
Andrei Vasilevsky started the season slow, posting.910 and .905 save percentages in the first two months. In December, he upped that mark to .950. When he’s on like this, the Lightning is tough to beat.
Coyotes vs Lightning Game Injuries
Coyotes vs Lightning Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting between the teams this season. The Lightning won both contests last season, scoring four or more goals each time.
Coyotes vs Lightning Game Information
- Game: Coyotes (13-16-5) Lightning (22-11-1)
- Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, FL
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. ET
- Coyotes vs Lightning Live stream: NHL.TV
Coyotes vs Lightning Betting Lines
Coyotes vs Lightning Picks & Prediction
The Coyotes are on a bit of a roll right now but the Lightning has been hotter for longer. They’re also backstopped by one of the best goaltenders in the league.
Vasilevksy has a 1.55 goals-against average this month with a .950 save percentage. The team has won seven of the last nine times he’s been in net. Look for him to key the Lightning victory on Saturday.
Tampa Bay is listed at -350 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Lightning, you can win $29. Arizona is +290, offering a chance to win $290 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Lightning a 77.78% chance to win, with the Coyotes at 25.64%.