New Jersey Devils vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 3/19/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
The New Jersey Devils (44-17-7) are traveling to Amalie Arena on Sunday where they will try to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning (41-22-6).
The New Jersey Devils had a decent effort after finishing in a 3-3 tie against the Lightning in their previous contest . New Jersey recorded 6 minutes in the box in this matchup. Additionally, they had 4 attempts on the power play and notched 1 goal. The Devils had an average offensive output in this game. In the game, they converted 3 out of the 35 shots they attempted.
New Jersey Devils opponents have recorded 194 power play tries (27th in the league) and have notched 35 goals in those chances. The Devils so far have had 1,913 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .905. New Jersey has attempted 2,332 shots and holds a shot percentage of 10.2%. While playing at even strength, the Devils have allowed 146 goals while getting 196 as an offensive unit. New Jersey has tallied 191 power play opportunities and they have notched 41 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 21.47%. For the current campaign, they have earned 95 points and their points percentage sits at .699. Concerning their scoring capabilities, the New Jersey Devils have earned 237 goals (5th in pro hockey) on the season and have surrendered 181.
The player in the crease for this game is Vitek Vanecek. Opponents have tallied 299 goals against Vanecek in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.62. Vanecek has been involved in 122 matchups over the course of his NHL career. His save percentage is at .908 for his 6,838 mins played. He has compiled a mark of 69-30-13 and was named the starter in 115 games. Over the course of his time in hockey, Vanecek has earned 61 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .530. Vanecek has seen 3,251 shot attempts taken against him and has accrued 2,952 total saves.
Their last time out, Tampa Bay played the Devils in an outing where the Lightning got the tie by a final of 3-3. They had 3 power play opportunities in this matchup and scored 1 out of those attempts. The Lightning recorded 3 goals of the 24 shots on goal they attempted.
Tampa Bay has tried 2,214 shots (11th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.75%, while allowing the opposition 2,158 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 79.82% on the other teams 218 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.4%. They have recorded 239 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 25.52%. The Lightning have earned 177 goals at even strength and 61 goals (2nd in hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 208 goals to be scored by way of 164 goals at even strength and 44 goals while they were shorthanded. Over the course of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are sitting with 238 goals, 88 points, as well as a points percentage of .638.
Across the ice you are going to see Andrei Vasilevskiy in net. Vasilevskiy has a career record of 260-118-28 and has played in 417 games. Vasilevskiy's rate of quality starts comes in at 57.5% and he has qualified for 234 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has compiled 11,630 stops out of the 12,661 shots tried, giving him a rate of .919. Opponents are averaging 2.52 goals per contest and he has surrendered 1,031 goals overall. He was named a starter in 407 games and has been on the ice for 24,513 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take New Jersey
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