Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights Predictions, NHL Pick, Odds, Tips 2/20/2020
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (+104) Golden Knights (-115)
Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning (40-15-5, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) are headed to T-Mobile Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Vegas Golden Knights (31-22-8, 2nd in the Pacific Division). The Golden Knights open this matchup at -115 while the Lightning are coming in at +104. The total has been set at 6. The Lightning are covering 65.5% of the time, having gone 38-20 SU. Vegas covers 48.3% of the time, going 28-30 straight up.
The Tampa Bay Lightning head into this game holding a record of 40 victories and 15 losses, putting them at 2nd in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 213 goals which is good for 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL. Their goal differential is +54, putting them at 2nd in the NHL. The Lightning have earned a total of 85 pts, which is good for 2nd in the NHL and 2nd in the East. With reference to shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,880 which is good for 9th in the East and 16th in the NHL. As a team, Tampa Bay has a total of 1,334 hits which means they are averaging 22.2 per contest. They have earned a total of 608 blocks for the year. Protecting the goal for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy from London, Ontario. He is 25 years old and has played 2,648 minutes minding the net for the campaign. Vasilevskiy is surrendering an average of 2.42 GAA which has him placed 7th among Eastern Conference goalies and 11th in the NHL. For the season, he's surrendered 107 goals. His save percentage is .921 which has him placed 6th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 victory against the Colorado Avalanche their last time out. The Lightning had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this victory. For this outing, they finished 4 out of the 27 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to score a goal. Tampa Bay had a total of 12 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Lightning sat at 53 and the Corsi against was 49 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 52.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 42 while the Fenwick against sat at 34, giving them a rate of 55.3%. They won 19 face-off wins and lost 28 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 60.7% and they had a PDO of 104.8 for this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Colorado Avalanche earned a total of 27 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 4 power play attempts.
The Golden Knights will be the team across the ice and for the year they sit with 31 victories and 22 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are currently ranked 6th in the West and 15th in the NHL with +6. They currently have a total of 189 goals for this year which has them ranked at 3rd in the West. Vegas has a team save percentage of .899 which currently has them ranked 23rd in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They are shooting 9.0% ranking them 9th in the conference. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal year by allowing 2.78 goals per game and that ranks him 15th among Western Conference goaltenders and 32nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,521 mins he's been on the ice this year, he has given up 117 goals. His save percentage is .906, which ranks him 22nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 44th in the NHL among goalies.
The Vegas Golden Knights played the Washington Capitals in a matchup where the Golden Knights got the victory by a mark of 3 - 2. For this game, Vegas went home with a 42.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 40 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 55. Their Fenwick percentage was 44.4% by notching a Fenwick of 32 and the Capitals having a 40 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Vegas played and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. Their PDO at even strength was 108.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 51.5%. The Golden Knights notched 3 goals of the 29 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to score a goal. As for their opponent, the Capitals had 3 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Vegas gave way to 27 shots on goal and the Capitals earned 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (+104)
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