Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 8/29/2020
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (-110) Bruins (+100)
Scotiabank Arena is the venue where Jaroslav Halak and the Boston Bruins will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in Game 4 of their series. The Lightning lead the series 2-1. The Bruins open this game at +100 while the Lightning are priced at -110. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Lightning are covering 60.3% of the time, having gone 41-27 SU. The Bruins are covering 62.9% of the time, going 44-26 straight up.
The Lightning were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 7 - 1 victory against the Bruins in Game 3. The Lightning had an outstanding offensive performance in the victory. For the game, they scored on 7 out of the 31 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 6 power play opportunities and notched 3 goals out of those tries. Tampa Bay had a total of 13 penalty minutes in their game. The Corsi for the Lightning was 42 and the Corsi against was 45 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 48.3%. Their Fenwick was 34 and the Fenwick against sat at 30, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 53.1%. They earned 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 40.5% and they had a PDO of 116.0 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Boston Bruins racked up 24 shots. They had a total of 39 penalty minutes and they had 3 power play attempts.
The man in goal for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy from London, Ontario. He is 25 years old and has been on the ice a total of 3,122 minutes defending the net for the campaign. Vasilevskiy is giving up an average of 2.56 goals against average which has him sitting 9th in the East and 14th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 133 goals. His save % is .917 which has him sitting 7th in the East. So far this season, they have scored a total of 243 goals which has them ranked at 1st in the East and 1st in the league. Their goal differential is +49, putting them at 2nd in the league. The Lightning have earned a total of 92 pts, which has them ranked at 3rd in the league and 2nd in the conference. When looking at shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 2,176 which has them ranked at 9th in the conference and 18th in the league. As a unit, Tampa Bay has obtained a total of 1,562 hits which has them averaging 22.3 per contest. They have earned a total of 707 blocks for the year.
In Game 3 Boston wound up with a 51.7% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 45 while they gave up a Corsi of 42. Their Fenwick percentage was 46.9% with a Fenwick of 30 and the Lightning finishing with a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Boston played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 84.0 and they earned an oZS percentage of 59.5%. The Bruins scored 1 goal of the 24 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play chances in this outing and were able to notch 1 out of those chances. In discussing their opponent, the Lightning had 6 power play opportunities and ended up scoring 3 goals. Boston gave up 31 shots on goal and the Lightning had a total of 13 penalty minutes.
In goal for Boston is Jaroslav Halak who is having an average year by allowing 2.39 GAA and that has him ranked 4th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL. In the 1,833 minutes he's been on the ice this season, he has allowed 73 goals. He holds a save percentage of .919, which has him ranking 6th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in the NHL. When discussing goal differential, they currently sit 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL with +60. They have a total of 227 goals for the season which has them sitting at 6th in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a save % as a team of .921 which has them sitting 1st in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 10.1% which puts them at 6th in the East.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-110)
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