Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, 12/21/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, NV
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (+100) Golden Knights (-120)
Robin Lehner and the Vegas Golden Knights (20-11-0) play the Tampa Bay Lightning (19-6-4) at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday. The Lightning open this matchup at +100 while the Golden Knights are priced at -120. The O/U opens at 6.
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a good night with a 2-1 win over the Senators in their previous outing. The Lightning didn't have a great showing offensively in the victory. For the game, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 27 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 5 power play opportunities and scored 1 goal. Tampa Bay compiled 10 penalty mins for this matchup.
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The Lightning have had 867 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .913. At even strength, the Lightning have allowed the opponent to score 58 goals while notching 76 of their own. Tampa Bay Lightning opponents have tallied 84 power play tries (19th in the league) and have tallied 17 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they sit with 42 points and their points percentage comes in at .724. Tampa Bay has taken 849 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.8%. In regard to their scoring capabilities, the Tampa Bay Lightning have accumulated 92 goals (11th in the National Hockey League) this year and have surrendered 75. Tampa Bay comes into the game with 89 power play opportunities and they have added 16 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 17.98%.
The player between the pipes for this game is Andrei Vasilevskiy. Opponents have been able to score 785 goals against Vasilevskiy in his professional hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.48. Vasilevskiy has played in 325 games during his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .920 for his 19,027 minutes played. He has an overall mark of 206-87-22 and he has started in 315 games. In his professional hockey career, Vasilevskiy has 181 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .575. Vasilevskiy has had 9,853 shots against him and he has 9,068 total saves.
The last time they were on the ice, Vegas went up against the Islanders in an outing where the Golden Knights got the win by a tally of 4-3. They had 1 power play opportunity in this game and tallied 1 goal on that opportunity. The Golden Knights recorded 4 goals of the 34 shots on goal they pursued.
Over the course of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights have earned 108 goals, 40 points, and a points percentage of .645. They have granted a total of 94 goals to be scored by of a combination of 74 goals at even strength and 20 goals while they were shorthanded. The Golden Knights have earned 94 goals at even strength and 14 goals (21st in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have earned 76 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 18.42%. Vegas has taken 1,031 shots (5th in the league) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 10.48%, while allowing the other team 973 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 77.53% on their oppositions 89 power play tries, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.3%.
Across the ice you will find Robin Lehner defending the net. Lehner has amassed a career record of 143-133-47 and has participated in 344 games. Lehner's quality start percentage comes out to 55.7% and he has made 181 quality starts in his professional career. He has racked up 9,702 stops out of 10,581 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save % of .917. His opponents are averaging 2.72 goals per contest and he has given up 879 goals in total. He has been a starter 325 contests and his ice time sits at 19,419 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (+100)
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