The Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning clash for the first time this season in what can be deemed as Boston’s final hurdle to claim dominance in the Atlantic Division. Both teams have managed to stay off the NHL injury report which is a direct reason why both teams occupy two of the top three spots in the division, with Boston owning a 9-point lead over the third-place Lighting. The B’s own the best record in the NHL.
Date, time (TV):
Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Streaming: NESN, SUNX
Bettors Cleaning Up Betting on Bruins
When former Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was fired, it was a peculiar situation considering it was done in such a public way by team president Cam Neely and General Manager Don Sweeney. You could tell that was some deep disdain for their former coach. David Krejci left the team to play overseas until Cassidy was gone. In comes, Jim Montgomery who has won a college national title as a player (Maine) and a coach (Denver), and the players have responded with the best record in the National Hockey League.
A major question mark last season was goaltending. That hasn’t been a problem so far with Linus Ullmark being the clear number-one netminder with 12 wins, 1.89 goals against, and a .937 save percentage, leading the league in all three categories. From a betting standpoint, Bruins bettors must take pause because of the Lightning’s dominance head-to-head over the years.
Despite the Bruins’ fairly large lead in the NHL standings, Montgomery’s team knows that they need to clear one final hurdle against a team that has dominated the Atlantic Division (76-26 last 102 games). Let’s continue our Bruins vs Lightning betting odds preview by digging into the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lighting Getting Hot and Healthy at the Right Times
This is typical Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey, go deep into the postseason, come out sputtering to start the next season, and then get hot to easily make the playoffs. It’s a formula that has worked for Jon Cooper’s team for quite some time, which is why they’re looking to make their fourth straight Stanley Cup appearance in late Spring.
The Lighting has won four straight games after starting the season 5-6-1. Injuries have always played a role in their early season sputters, but with key defensemen Zach Bogosian returning to log almost 16 minutes of ice time in their 3-2 overtime win against the Nashville Predators, Saturday, it appears the Lightning are simply following their script to perfection.
Let’s continue our Bruins vs Lightning odds preview by giving you some relevant betting numbers, angle, and finally our selection.
Bettors Pound Away at the Bruins
The public has spoken loud and clear after the send-out number on this game was Tampa -146. We know that’s a bad number, and so do bettors, who have pounded it down to -110 each way.
We suspect there was some adjustment by the bookmakers because there’s no way I would allow that much plus money on the best team in the NHL to go up on my board, even if we thought Tampa was the side. From our side of the counter, this is a classic situation where a team is at home, early in the NHL season against a team over .500.
This system is 139-76 (65%) +1849 units over the last three seasons, including 42-26 (62%) to start this season.
The theory behind these plays is that the home team will always give an above-average effort in front of their home fans against a good team early in the season. This system is 139-76 (65%) +1849 units over the last three seasons, including 42-26 (62%) to start this season. To conclude our Bruins vs. Lightning betting preview, our official selection is the Tampa Bay Lightning -110.
|Last Updated: 11/21/2022||Teams|
|Moneyline||Lightning -110, Bruins -110|
|Puckline||Lightning -1.5 (+227) Bruins +1.5 (-275)|
|Total||6 (u -112 / o -107)|
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