Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings Prediction, 12/21/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (-230) Red Wings (+188)
Little Caesars Arena is where the Detroit Red Wings (13-11-7) will play the Tampa Bay Lightning (20-9-1) on Wednesday. The odds on this game have the Lightning at -230 and the Red Wings are opening at +188. The total is 7.
The Tampa Bay Lightning went home feeling good about their game by earning a 5-1 victory over the Canadiens in their previous game. Tampa Bay garnered 13 penalty mins in this matchup. Additionally, they had 6 attempts on the power play and were able to notch 2 goals. The Lightning had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in the win. In the outing, they converted 5 out of the 27 shots they attempted.
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Tampa Bay Lightning opponents have amassed 100 power play opportunities (15th in the league) and have come away with 19 goals in those chances. The Lightning thus far have had 916 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .907. Tampa Bay has tried 948 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 11.6%. When playing at even strength, the Lightning have allowed 66 goals while getting 79 on offense. Tampa Bay steps onto the ice with 113 power play opportunities and they have tallied 31 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 27.43%. For the current campaign, they have tallied 41 points and their points % is .683. In relation to their scoring capabilities, the Tampa Bay Lightning have earned 110 goals (6th in pro hockey) this year and have given up 85.
The man protecting the net in this game is Brian Elliott. Opponents have scored 1,240 goals against Elliott in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.54. Elliott has been involved in 529 contests over the course of his NHL career. His save percentage is at .910 for his 29,299 mins in the crease. He has amassed a win-loss mark of 274-160-52 and was named the starter in 481 games. Over the course of his pro career, Elliott has accumulated 260 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .541. Elliott has seen 13,816 shots against him and he has 12,576 saves.
The last time they were on the ice, Detroit faced off against the Capitals in a matchup where the Red Wings ended up taking the loss by a final score of 4-3. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this game and converted 1 out of those attempts. The Red Wings scored 3 goals out of the 19 shots on goal they tried.
Detroit has put up 902 shots (28th in pro hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.98%, while allowing the other team 981 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 77.17% on their opponents 92 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 89.9%. They have a total of 114 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 20.18%. The Red Wings have earned 67 goals at even strength and 23 goals (17th in hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 99 goals to be scored by of a combination of 78 goals at even strength and 21 goals while they were shorthanded. For the year, the Detroit Red Wings have a total of 90 goals, 33 points, as well as a points percentage of .532.
Across the rink you will find Ville Husso in the crease. Teams are averaging 2.72 goals/game and he has yielded 207 goals altogether. Husso's quality start rate sits at 56.0% and he has 42 quality starts in his pro career. He has started in 75 games and has played 4,566 minutes. Husso has accumulated a lifetime mark of 45-19-12 and has played in 79 games. He has racked up 2,154 stops out of 2,361 shots attempted against him, giving him a rate of .912.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-230)
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