What a Difference Two Weeks Make
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings last met on December 6, with Detroit picking up a somewhat shocking 4-2 win at Amalie Arena as +217 underdogs. These clubs have gone in opposite directions since then, with TB winning five of their last six and Detroit dropping six straight games. Oddsmakers like the Lightning for a mini-revenge, setting them as -162 favorites on Wednesday night. Sports betting has all the NFL odds and many more sports like hockey.
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Tampa Bay Finally Tripped Up
The loss to Detroit 15 days ago was tough for Tampa Bay, but on the bright side, it seemed to light a fire under this club as the Lightning went on to win five straight. That stretch ended on Tuesday night with a 4-1 loss in Toronto, the team the Lightning is trying to track down for a second place in the Atlantic.
The Lightning has to play in the back-to-back on Wednesday night and in their third straight road game. Toronto to Detroit isn’t a bad jaunt, but Tampa Bay did use goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy vs. the Maple Leafs and will likely go with Brian Elliott vs. the Red Wings.
Elliott does have a goaltender-friendly matchup against a Detroit team that ranks 25th in the NHL in scoring at 2.9 goals/per game. Elliott is also on a personal seven-game win streak and has a 3.10 GAA, which isn’t bad as a backup that plays sparingly behind the ironman Vasilevskiy. This is important to remember when looking at the NHL scores and odds.
Red Wings Try To Go Two-for-Tampa
As much as they would have liked the win over one of the top teams in the East on December 6 to have sparked some inspirational hockey, that hasn’t been the case for the Red Wings. The losing streak has been mainly due to the Detroit offense, which tallied four goals total in the first four games after beating Tampa Bay.
The Red Wing’s offense has come around slightly the last two games, but the results have been the same in a 6-3 loss to Ottawa and falling 4-3 in OT at Washington on Monday night. Detroit has the endurance advantage from having Tuesday off, but Tampa Bay is also a good bounce-back team going 37-18 in their last 55 games on zero days’ rest the last few seasons.
Ville Husso hopes that the Lightning skaters are fatigued, as the Detroit goaltender has allowed nine goals in his last two starts. The Red Wings have dropped his last four starts and six of his last eight trips in net overall.
Lightning vs Red Wings Game Injuries
Lightning vs Red Wings Head-to-Head
Detroit’s win in early December was a shocker, but it was also the second straight in the series as the Red Wings topped Tampa Bay in April as whopping +382 underdogs. These teams have actually split the last 10 matchups. Yet the Las Vegas odds show a very one-sided game for their next match-up.
Lightning vs Red Wings Game Information
- Game: Lightning (20-10-10) vs Red Wings (13-11-7)
- Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit MI
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Dec 21,7:00 p.m. ET
- Lightning vs Red Wings Live Stream: NHL.TV
Lightning vs Red Wings Betting Lines
Lightning vs Red Wings Picks & Prediction
For whatever reason, Tampa Bay has had issues with the Red Wings. While the Lightning could easily come out on topt, the better ROI is on Detroit at +134, especially with the teams splitting the last 10 games and the Lightning being on the back-to-back. Most of these bets look similar to NHL picks and parleys.
The Tampa Bay are listed at -150 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Lightning, you have a chance to win $67. The Detroit are +130, offering a chance to win $130 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Tampa Bay a 60.00% chance to win, with Red Wings at 43.48%.