Philadelphia Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/8/2020
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (+136) Lightning (-169)
Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) host the Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, August 8, 2020. The moneyline on this contest has the Flyers coming in at +136 and the Lightning are at -169. The total opens at 6.5. The Flyers are covering 56.3% of the time, having gone 36-28 SU. Tampa Bay covers 60.3% of the time, going 41-27 straight up.
The Philadelphia Flyers come into this matchup with a record of 41 wins and 21 defeats, which is good for 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 227 goals which has them ranked at 7th in the Eastern Conference and 8th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +36, which is good for 4th in the NHL. The Flyers have earned a total of 89 points, which has them ranked at 6th in the NHL and 4th in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots on goal, they have earned a total of 2,166 which has them ranked at 12th in the East and 21st in the NHL. As a unit, Philadelphia currently has a total of 1,412 hits which means they are averaging 20.5 per contest. They have earned a total of 727 blocks for this season. Protecting the goal for Philadelphia is Carter Hart from Lulea, Sweden. He is 21 years old and has played a total of 2,356 minutes in goal for the campaign. Hart is conceding an average of 2.42 goals per contest which has him sitting 5th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 9th among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he has allowed 95 goals. His save % is .914 which has him sitting 10th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Flyers were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 1 victory over the Capitals their last time out. The Flyers offense showed they have some room for improvement in the victory. For the matchup, they converted 3 of the 21 shots they put on net. They also had 6 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. Philadelphia racked up 10 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Flyers sat at 29 and the Corsi against was 26 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 52.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 23 and the Fenwick against was 20, which gave them a rate of 53.5%. They earned 30 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 16 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 41.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 108.6 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Washington Capitals earned a total of 17 shots. They had a total of 14 minutes in the box and they had 4 power play attempts.
The Lightning will be looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 43 wins and 21 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they are currently ranked 2nd in the conference and 2nd in the league with +49. They currently have a total of 243 goals for the season which is 1st in the conference. Tampa Bay has a save % as a team of .910 which currently has them ranked 9th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.2% putting them at 1st in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy who is having an average season by allowing 2.56 goals per game and that ranks him 9th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 14th in the NHL among goalies. In the 3,122 mins he's played this season, he's surrendered 133 goals. He has a save % of .917, which has him ranking 7th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 18th in the NHL among goalies.
The Lightning opposed the Bruins in a game where the Lightning got the win by a final score of 3 - 2. In this outing, Tampa Bay had a 55.7% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 54 while they allowed a Corsi of 43. Their Fenwick rate was 57.1% with a Fenwick of 44 and the Bruins ending the game with a 33 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Tampa Bay played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. Their PDO at even strength was 97.4 and they had an oZS percentage of 43.8%. The Lightning scored 3 goals of the 35 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play chances in this one and were able to net 1 out of those tries. Concerning the opposition, the Bruins had 4 power play opportunities but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Tampa Bay gave way to 27 shots on goal and the Bruins racked up a total of 11 penalty minutes.
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Guy's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-169)
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