Philadelphia Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions, Free NHL Picks 3/12/2020
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (+136) Lightning (-150)
Amalie Arena is the site where Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) will play the Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) on Thursday. The Flyers open this game at +136 while the Lightning are coming in at -150. The O/U is set at 6. The Flyers cover 56.3% of the time, having gone 36-28 SU. The Lightning cover 60.3% of the time, going 41-27 straight up.
The Philadelphia Flyers step onto the ice with a record of 41 wins and 21 losses, putting them at 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 227 goals which is 7th in the East and 8th in the league. Their goal differential is +36, putting them at 4th in the league. The Flyers have compiled a total of 89 points, which is 6th in the league and 4th in the East. With regard to shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 2,166 which is 10th in the Eastern Conference and 18th in the league. As a group, Philadelphia currently has a total of 1,412 hits which has them averaging 20.5 per contest. They have compiled a total of 727 blocks for this season. Protecting the net for Philadelphia is Carter Hart from Lulea, Sweden. He is 21 years old and has played a total of 2,356 mins protecting the net this year. Hart is surrendering 2.42 goals per contest which has him placed 5th among East goalies and 8th in the NHL. So far this year, he has allowed 95 goals. His save percentage is .914 which has him placed 10th among East goalies.
The Philadelphia Flyers will look for better times on the ice after their 2 - 0 defeat to the Boston Bruins in their last game. The Flyers didn't have their best offensive outing in the loss. For this outing, they converted 0 out of the 36 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score. Philadelphia earned 6 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Flyers sat at 47 and the Corsi against was 43 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 52.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 and the Fenwick against sat at 33, meaning they had a rate of 52.9%. They earned 16 face-off wins and were beaten on 13 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 78.9% and they had a PDO of 95.7 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Boston Bruins racked up 29 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty minutes and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Lightning will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 43 wins and 21 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they are currently sitting 2nd in the conference and 2nd in the league with +49. They currently have a total of 243 goals for the year which puts them at 1st in the East. Tampa Bay has a team save percentage of .910 which currently has them sitting 9th in the league, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 11.2% which puts them at 1st in the conference. In goal for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.56 goals against average and that has him ranked 9th in the Eastern Conference and 14th among goalies in the NHL. In the 3,122 mins he has been on the ice, he has given up 133 goals. He holds a save percentage of .917, which places him at 7th in the Eastern Conference and 18th among goalies in the NHL.
The Tampa Bay Lightning went up against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a matchup where the Lightning ended up losing by a final score of 2 - 1. In this outing, Tampa Bay earned a 49.5% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 49 and their opponent having a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick rate was 46.1% with a Fenwick of 35 and the Maple Leafs ending the game with a 41 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Tampa Bay played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 104.3 and their percentage of oZS was 33.3%. The Lightning scored 1 goal of the 33 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this outing but were not able to net one. Concerning their opponent, the Maple Leafs had 5 power play chances and were able to tally 2 goals. Tampa Bay gave way to 36 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs racked up 8 minutes in the box.
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Guy's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-150)
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