Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 8/25/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-108) Lightning (-115)
Scotiabank Arena is the venue where Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning will play the Boston Bruins on Tuesday in Game 2 of their series. The Bruins lead the series 1-0. The Lightning open this contest at -115 while the Bruins are priced at -108. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Bruins cover 62.9% of the time, having gone 44-26 SU. The Lightning cover 60.3% of the time, going 41-27 straight up.
The Bruins were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 win against the Lightning in Game 1. The Bruins offense didn't overly impress in the victory. For the game, they scored on 3 of the 31 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to notch 1 goal out of those tries. Boston ended up with 8 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Bruins was 50 and the Corsi against was 58 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 46.3%. Their Fenwick was 36 while the Fenwick against was 43, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 45.6%. They won 29 face-off wins at even strength and lost 24 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 74.3% and they had a PDO of 101.4 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Tampa Bay Lightning put up 37 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 8 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 3 power play attempts.
In goal for Boston is Jaroslav Halak from Gothenburg, Sweden. He is 34 years old and has totaled 1,833 mins defending the net for the season. Halak is giving up an average of 2.39 goals against average which puts him at 4th in the East and 7th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 73 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .919 which puts him at 6th in the East. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 227 goals which has them sitting at 6th in the East and 7th in the league. Their goal differential is +60, which puts them at 1st in the league. The Bruins have earned a total of 100 points, which has them sitting at 1st in the league and 1st in the conference. When discussing shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 2,247 which has them sitting at 6th in the conference and 10th in the league. As a team, Boston has earned a total of 1,562 hits which means they are averaging 22.3 per game. They have earned a total of 754 blocks for this season.
In Game 1 Tampa Bay wound up with a 53.7% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 58 and they surrendered a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick rate was 54.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 43 and the Bruins ending the game with a 36 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Tampa Bay played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 98.6 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 25.7%. The Lightning converted 2 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play attempts in this one but were not able to net one. As for their opponent, the Bruins had 3 power play attempts and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Tampa Bay conceded 31 shots on goal and the Bruins had 8 penalty mins.
In net for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy who is having an average season by giving up 2.56 goals against average and that ranks him 9th among East goaltenders and 14th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 3,122 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has given up 133 goals. He has a save percentage of .917, which has him ranking 7th among East goaltenders and 18th in the NHL among goaltenders. In discussing goal differential, they rank 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the NHL with +49. They have earned a total of 243 goals for this season which is 1st in the conference. Tampa Bay has a save % as a team of .910 which has them sitting 9th in the NHL, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 11.2% which puts them at 1st in the East.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-108)
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