Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, 2/18/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, NV
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (-108) Golden Knights (-111)
T-Mobile Arena is the site where the Vegas Golden Knights (33-18-4) will play the Tampa Bay Lightning (35-16-3) on Saturday. The moneyline on this contest has Tampa Bay at -108 and Vegas is priced at -111. The total is set at 6.
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a decent effort after finishing in a 0-0 tie against the Coyotes in their previous outing. Tampa Bay earned 4 minutes in the box in this game. The Lightning offense left a lot to be desired in this game. Moreover, they had 5 chances with the advantage but weren't able to score a goal. In the game, they took the loss without having netted any of the 47 shots they looked to score on.
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Tampa Bay Lightning opponents have 172 power play opportunities (15th in the league) and have a total of 33 goals in those chances. The Lightning have seen 1,699 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .909. Tampa Bay has attempted 1,746 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.8%. When playing at even strength, the Lightning have conceded 122 goals while notching 142 on the offensive side of the ice. Tampa Bay comes into the game with 186 power play opportunities and they have added 47 goals out of those tries, earning them a rate of 25.27%. For the season, they have recorded 73 points and their points percentage sits at .676. Concerning scoring goals, the Tampa Bay Lightning have racked up 189 goals (6th in pro hockey) for the year and have conceded 155.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Andrei Vasilevskiy. Opponents have racked up 993 goals versus Vasilevskiy in his professional hockey career and his goals against rate is 2.50. Vasilevskiy has been in net for 405 games during his hockey career. His save percentage is at .919 for his 23,789 minutes guarding the cage. He has amassed a mark of 255-114-25 and got the start in 395 games. During his career on the ice, Vasilevskiy has 228 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .577. Vasilevskiy has seen 12,297 shot attempts taken against him and has garnered 11,304 saves.
Their last time out, Vegas played the Sharks in a game where the Golden Knights ended up with the victory by a final of 2-1. They had 7 opportunities on the power play in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Golden Knights notched 2 goals out of the 38 shots on goal they pursued.
For the season, the Vegas Golden Knights have notched a total of 176 goals, 70 points, as well as a points percentage of .636. They have granted a total of 152 goals to be scored by way of 125 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Golden Knights have 145 goals at even strength and 31 goals (24th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have a total of 145 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 21.38%. Vegas has tried 1,800 shots (7th in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.78%, while allowing their opponents 1,656 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 79.55% on the other teams 132 power play tries, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.8%.
Across the rink you are likely to see Adin Hill protecting the goal. His opponents are averaging 2.67 goals/game and he has surrendered 229 goals altogether. Hill's rate of quality starts sits at 51.8% and he has qualified for 43 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He got the starting nod in 83 games and has played 5,148 minutes. Hill has accrued a career record of 42-37-6 and has been in net for 96 contests. He has accrued 2,297 stops out of 2,526 shots taken against him, giving him a rate of .909.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (-111)
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