Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils 12/19/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 12/18/2014
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
Prudential Center in Newark
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Friday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning will take the ice at the Prudential Center as they face the New Jersey Devils.
The Tampa Bay Lightning ended a 2 game losing streak with a 3 – 1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The Lightning fell behind in the 1st period after the Flyers took a 1 – 0 lead as the period drew to a close. Early in the 2nd period, Steven Stamkos tied things up with his 18th goal of the season. Less than 5 minutes later, Tyler Johnson put the Lightning up 2 – 1 with his 10th goal of the year. Valtteri Filppula sealed the win with a late goal in the 3rd as goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy brushed aside 23 of 24 Philadelphia shots in his NHL debut. Tampa Bay lost to New Jersey back in October but they will try to start a new win streak with a victory on Friday.
The New Jersey Devils dropped their 5th in a row Wednesday night as they were shut out 2 – 0 by the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa took the lead early into the 1st period and they held that 1 -0 lead all the way until the 3rd period when they tacked on another goal as the game drew to a close. New Jersey had they chances throughout the game as they outshot Ottawa 34 to 16 but they also went 0 for 5 on the power play. Numbers like that make it hard to win game and until the Devils find a way to maximize their opportunities, they will find it difficult to win games.
Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Lightning are 20-13-0 Against the Spread
Tampa Bay Lightning are 19-13-0 against the Over/Under
New Jersey Devils Betting Trends
New Jersey Devils are 11-22-0 Against the Spread
New Jersey Devils are 13-16-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Lightning
12/18/14 GO Ben Bishop Lower Body doubtful Friday vs New Jersey and Saturday vs NY Islanders
12/18/14 D Radko Gudas Flu is upgraded to probable Friday vs. New Jersey
12/18/14 C Tyler Johnson Flu "?" Friday vs. New Jersey
12/16/14 LW Ondrej Palat Lower Body "?" Friday vs New Jersey
10/06/14 D Mattias Ohlund Knee out indefinitely
New Jersey Devils
12/18/14 RW Dainius Zubrus Leg is downgraded to out indefinitely
12/18/14 D Damon Severson Ankle is downgraded to expected to miss 4-5 weeks
12/18/14 C Jacob Josefson Groin "?" Friday vs. Tampa Bay
12/17/14 LW Michael Cammalleri Lower Body "?" Friday vs Tampa Bay
12/10/14 D Adam Larsson Virus out indefinitely
11/17/14 D Bryce Salvador Lower Body out indefinitely
11/14/14 LW Ryane Clowe Concussion out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay
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