Vancouver Canucks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/7/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+180) Lightning (-201)
Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (23-15-4, 3rd in the Pacific Division) go to Amalie Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Tampa Bay Lightning (24-13-4, 3rd in the Atlantic Division). The Lightning open this matchup at -201 while the Canucks are priced at +180. The O/U is set at 6.5. The Canucks cover 51.3% of the time, having gone 20-19 SU. Tampa Bay is covering 57.5% of the time, going 23-17 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks head into this matchup holding a record of 23 wins and 15 losses, putting them at 3rd in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 138 goals which ranks them 4th in the West and 11th in the league. Their goal differential is +14, putting them at 9th in the league. The Canucks have earned a total of 50 points, which ranks them 13th in the league and 6th in the West. In connection with shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 1,323 which ranks them 8th in the conference and 18th in the league. As a team, Vancouver has collected a total of 780 hits which has them averaging 18.6 per game. They have earned a total of 546 blocks for the year. Looking after the net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has played 1,737 minutes in goal for the season. Markstrom is surrendering 2.66 goals against average which has him placed 7th among Western Conference goalies and 16th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he's allowed 77 goals. He holds a save % of .919 which has him placed 9th among Western Conference goalies.
The Vancouver Canucks came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 2 - 1 victory over the New York Rangers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canucks left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this victory. For this game, they finished 2 out of the 27 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score. Vancouver ended up with 4 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Canucks was 38 and the Corsi against was 64 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 37.3%. Their Fenwick was 24 while the Fenwick against was 46, which means they earned a rate of 34.3%. They earned 30 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 31.6% and they had a PDO of 108.6 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the New York Rangers tallied a total of 37 shots. They had a total of 6 penalty mins and they earned 2 power play chances.
The Lightning will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 24 wins and 13 losses. In discussing goal differential, they rank 4th in the East and 5th in the league with +21. They have a total of 146 goals for this season which has them sitting at 4th in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay has a team save % of .904 which has them sitting 15th in the league, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.0% which puts them at 2nd in the East. In net for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy who is having an average campaign by giving up 2.77 GAA and that has him ranked 13th in the Eastern Conference and 23rd in the NHL. In the 1,800 mins he has been on the ice this season, he has given up 83 goals. He has a save percentage of .911, which has him ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference and 25th in the NHL.
The Tampa Bay Lightning faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes in a matchup where the Lightning ended up with the victory by a tally of 3 - 1. For this game, Tampa Bay wound up with a 41.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 29 while their opponent had a Corsi of 41. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 43.1% with a Fenwick of 25 and the Hurricanes having earned a 33 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Tampa Bay had and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their PDO at even strength was 109.7 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 35.7%. The Lightning converted 3 goals of the 26 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. In discussing the opposition, the Hurricanes had 4 power play opportunities but were not able to notch a goal. Tampa Bay allowed 29 shots on goal and the Hurricanes ended up with 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-201)
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