Defending Eastern Conference Champs Soaring
While Boston, New Jersey and Toronto might be the Eastern Conference teams drawing much of the attention these days, the Tuesday night matchup between the visiting Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning features a pair of teams trending in the right direction.
Since Nov. 13, Tampa Bay is 8-2-0 and Detroit 5-2-2. Tampa Bay’s record has been aided by four overtime wins. However, they don’t ask how, they ask how many.
Tampa Bay’s power play is scoring 42% of the time during that span so the Detroit players will need to show some discipline in this showdown.
Detroit is 5-3-2 on the road while Tampa Bay is 8-3-1 at home.
According to the NHL playoff odds, the Lightning (+1400) are tied for sixth in the odds to win the Stanley Cup. The Red Wings are tied at 21st at +8000.
Hronek on a Tear
The Detroit Red Wings have had some offensively gifted defensemen during their storied history. Could Filip Hronek be ready to join that group?
Hronek averaged seven goals and 32 assists over 82 games in his first four NHL seasons. He is taking things to a different level, especially recently.
Over his last eight games, only Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators and Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins are averaging more points per game among defensemen. Hronek has five goals and six assists during that stretch.
The five goals matches his total in 78 games from last season. Two of those goals and three of the assists have come on the power play during that time, a span in which he also happened to be +8. He has been on the ice for 12 even-strength goals being scored and just three being scored against Detroit.
Something to consider for those who bet online: Detroit has won just two of its last 20 road games against Tampa Bay.
Lightning Beginning to Strike
Other than a couple of tough outings against the NHL-leading Boston Bruins, the Tampa Bay Lightning is beginning to resemble the team that has played in the last three Stanley Cup Finals.
Tampa Bay is 8-2-0 over its last 10 games to move into playoff position. Tampa Bay is fourth in the NHL with an average of 4.1 goals per game during that stretch and is also fourth in goal differential.
The usual suspects are leading the charge. Captain Steven Stamkos has six goals and a team-best 16 points to go with a +7 rating. Nikita Kucherov has five goals and 10 assists with 11 of his 15 points during this span coming on the power play.
Kuch is on 🔥
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 5, 2022
Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev has two goals and 11 assists while veteran forwards Alex Killorn and Brayden Point have combined for eight goals and 13 assists. Add in seven goals from Nick Paul and it is easy to see why Tampa Bay has been piling up the points.
The best news is that center Anthony Cirelli made his season debut in Saturday’s overtime win against a red-hot Toronto team and had a pair of assists, including one to Killorn on the overtime winner.
The NHL betting lines total has gone over in four of Tampa Bay’s last six games.
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Red Wings vs Lightning Game Injuries
Red Wings vs Lightning Head-to-Head
Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak to the Lightning with a 4-3 win on April 19 as Jakub Vrana’s second goal of the game early in the third period was the difference.
The top goal scorer for Detroit in four games played against Tampa Bay last season was Tyler Bertuzzi and that is not good news since he is currently sidelined. For Tampa Bay, Stamkos had four goals and five assists, Victor Hedman had eight assists and Kucherov two goals and five assists.
Six of the last eight games in the series have been decided by one goal while four of the last six meetings finished under the total.
In the last 10 games between the teams, Detroit has scored 29 goals and Tampa Bay 28.
Red Wings vs Lightning Game Information
- Game: Red Wings (12-7-5) vs Lightning (15-8-1)
- Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. ET
- Red Wings vs Lightning Live Stream: NHL.TV
Red Wings vs Lightning Betting Lines
Red Wings vs Lightning Picks & Prediction
Special teams have tilted in Tampa Bay’s favor in recent games against Detroit with the Lightning converting on 29% of its man-advantage situations compared to 9.4% for Detroit.
Detroit has covered against the NHL betting odds in six of its 10 road games compared to Tampa Bay going 5-7 against the spread at home. Based on the recent history in this series, don’t be surprised for this to be a down to the wire affair.
The Detroit Red Wings are listed at +195 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Red Wings, you have a chance to win $195. The Tampa Bay Lightning are -235, offering a chance to win $43 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Detroit a 33.90% chance to win, with Tampa Bay at 70.15%.