Lightning vs Devils Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/12/2020
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (-130) Devils (+118)
Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning (26-13-4, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) head to Prudential Center on Sunday where they'll meet the New Jersey Devils (15-21-7, 8th in the Metropolitan Division). The Lightning open this game at -130 while the Devils are priced at +118. The over/under opens at 6. The Lightning are covering 59.5% of the time, having gone 25-17 SU. The Devils are covering 31.7% of the time, going 13-28 straight up.
The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this matchup holding a record of 26 victories and 13 defeats, ranking them 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 159 goals which has them at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +32, ranking them 2nd in the NHL. The Lightning have compiled a total of 56 pts, which has them at 6th in the NHL and 5th in the conference. When looking at shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 1,402 which has them at 9th in the East and 15th in the NHL. As a team, Tampa Bay has earned a total of 945 hits which means they are averaging 22 per contest. They have compiled a total of 418 blocks for the year. The man protecting the net for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy from London, Ontario. He is 25 years old and has racked up 1,919 mins protecting the goal for the season. Vasilevskiy is surrendering an average of 2.66 GAA which has him sitting 11th among East goalies and 19th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he's given up 85 goals. His save percentage is .913 which has him sitting 9th among East goalies.
The Tampa Bay Lightning went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4 - 0 victory against the Arizona Coyotes in their last contest. The Lightning had a good offensive output in this win. For this outing, they converted 4 out of the 34 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to net one. Tampa Bay earned 6 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Lightning sat at 54 and the Corsi against at even strength was 37 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 59.3%. Their Fenwick was 42 while the Fenwick against was 31, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 57.5%. They earned 35 face-off wins at even strength and lost 20 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 57.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 112.9 in this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Arizona Coyotes racked up 25 shots. They ended the game with 4 penalty minutes and they had 2 power play chances.
The Devils will be the team across the ice and for the current year they sit with 15 wins and 21 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they sit 15th in the East and 30th in the league with -40. They have a total of 110 goals for the season which has them ranked at 15th in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey has a team save % of .889 which currently has them sitting 29th in the league, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.1% which puts them at 15th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who is having a tough season by surrendering 2.97 goals against average and that has him 17th in the Eastern Conference and 37th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,921 minutes he's played, he has given up 95 goals. He has a save percentage of .905, which has him sitting 18th in the Eastern Conference and 39th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The New Jersey Devils went up against the New York Rangers in a game where the Devils ended up taking the loss by a score of 6 - 3. For this game, New Jersey wound up with a 52.9% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 63 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 56. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 52.8% by notching a Fenwick of 47 and the Rangers ending the game with a 42 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that New Jersey had and it shows us they played like an average team. Their PDO at even strength was 91.9 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 54.9%. The Devils notched 3 goals out of the 49 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play chances in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Rangers had 5 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. New Jersey gave way to 37 shots on goal and the Rangers racked up a total of 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-130)
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