Vancouver Canucks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 1/13/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+225) Lightning (-280)
The Vancouver Canucks (16-16-3) are headed to Amalie Arena on Thursday where they will try to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning (24-9-5). The odds on this game have Vancouver at +225 while Tampa Bay is opening at -280. The total comes in at 6.
The Vancouver Canucks had a rough game after their 5-2 loss against the Panthers in their previous outing. The Canucks had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this defeat. For the matchup, they scored on 2 out of the 44 shots they launched. In addition, they had 3 power play opportunities but didn't net one. Vancouver accrued 18 penalty minutes in this matchup.
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Vancouver Canucks opponents have earned 104 power play opportunities (13th in the league) and have come away with 32 goals in those chances. The Canucks have had 1,109 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .912. Vancouver has attempted 1,166 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.6%. At even strength, the Canucks have allowed the opponent to score 66 goals while notching 66 themselves. Vancouver comes into the game with 110 power play chances and they have scored 22 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 20.00%. For the season, they have earned 35 points and their points percentage sits at .500. When discussing their scoring capabilities, the Vancouver Canucks have accumulated 88 goals (27th in the National Hockey League) for the season and have surrendered 98.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Thatcher Demko. Demko has participated in 100 contests over the course of his NHL career. He has a mark of 49-43-5 and got the start in 97 games. Opponents have been able to score 279 goals versus Demko in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.85. Demko has had 3,183 shots against him and has recorded 2,904 saves. He has a save percentage of .912 for his 5,872 mins between the pipes. In his professional hockey career, Demko has accounted for 56 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .577.
When they were on the ice last, Tampa Bay played the Sabres in a matchup where the Lightning earned a victory by a final score of 6-1. They had 2 power play chances in this outing and tallied 1 goal out of those opportunities. The Lightning notched 6 goals out of the 36 shots on goal they were seeking.
Tampa Bay has attempted 1,147 shots (11th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 10.99%, while allowing the opposition 1,117 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 80.36% on their opponents 112 chances on the power play, and their save percentage is 90.4%. They have a tally of 118 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 19.49%. The Lightning have tallied 103 goals at even strength and 23 goals (10th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 107 goals to be scored by way of 85 goals at even strength and 22 goals while they were shorthanded. During this campaign, the Tampa Bay Lightning have tallied 126 goals, 53 points, as well as a points percentage of .697.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Andrei Vasilevskiy in net. Vasilevskiy has accrued a career mark of 210-89-22 and has played in 331 contests. Vasilevskiy's quality start percentage sits at 57.3% and he has made 184 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has compiled 9,211 saves out of 10,011 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save % of .920. The opposition is averaging 2.48 goals/game and he has surrendered 800 goals altogether. He has started in 321 games and has racked up 19,385 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Vancouver (+225)
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