The Wells Fargo Center will play host when the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers square off on Sunday night. ESPN+ will provide the TV coverage for this showdown that begins at 6 p.m.
The NHL lines show the Lightning as the moneyline favorite at -120 despite being the road team. The over/under is set at 5.5, which is pretty standard for NHL action.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers
The Tampa Bay Lightning got off to a slow start but they are once again looking like a title contender. Tampa Bay is third in the Atlantic Division with an overall record of 14-5-4.
Philadelphia is in 7th place in the Metropolitan Division and is currently trending in the wrong direction. The Flyers have just eight wins and they have also lost seven straight games.
Lightning Lighting the Lamp
The Tampa Bay Lightning are back-to-back Stanley Cup champions for a reason, and that offense is always difficult to slow down. Tampa Bay is scoring more than 3.1 goals per game, and it could be another big night.
Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 26 points and is consistently one of the best offensive players. Defenseman Victor Hedman has a team-high 18 assists, and he gets in on the offense from the back end.
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is once again one of the best in the league, and he sports a record of 12-4-3 coming into this game. Tampa Bay is allowing 2.7 goals against, but they also know how and when to shut the door.
There aren’t many holes on this Lightning team, and they are playing well. What’s more, the Lightning welcomed back Nikita Kucherov on Saturday, after the 28-year-old RW spent the last month away from the ice with an injury.
“It was good to see him out there. He has to get out on the ice at some point,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.
“This does not trigger anything new on his timeline. He’s still quite a ways off, but it’s great to have him out here with the guys.”
Flyers Struggling to Get Stops
If Philadelphia is going to end this miserable losing streak, then they have to get some stops. The Flyers are allowing three goals per game, and they don’t have the offense to keep up.
Goaltender Carter Hart has shown the ability to carry the team at times, but consistency is sometimes an issue. The Flyers have killed of 84 percent of their penalties, but they struggle when both teams are at even strength.
Claude Giroux has done his best to carry the Flyers on offense, but he just hasn’t gotten enough help. Giroux leads the team with seven goals and 11 assists, but he simply can’t do it alone.
The Flyers have scored on just 12.5% of their chances in the power play, and that is another area that must improve.
Flyers Can’t Douse the Lightning
It has not been a good season for the Philadelphia Flyers, and things have actually gotten worse of late. Philadelphia is now trying to upset one of the best teams in the NHL, and it just isn’t going to happen.
Tampa Bay is always a popular team to back when betting online because they are just so consistent. The Lightning have won two straight games, and they will make it three in a row after winning this one.
The Flyers will keep it close, but they just can’t complete the upset. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and bet on the Tampa Bay Lightning in this game.