Vancouver Canucks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 1/12/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+205) Lightning (-250)
The Vancouver Canucks (17-20-3) are on their way to Amalie Arena on Thursday where they will attempt to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning (25-13-1). The line on this matchup has Vancouver at +205 and Tampa Bay opens at -250. The over/under is set at 7.
The Vancouver Canucks will need a bounce back game after taking a 5-4 defeat to the Penguins in their last outing. The Canucks had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in the defeat. For the game, they scored on 4 out of the 24 shots they put on goal. They also had 5 chances on the power play but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. Vancouver accumulated 12 mins in the box in this outing.
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Vancouver Canucks opponents have tallied 118 power play tries (29th in the league) and have come away with 38 goals in those attempts. The Canucks have had 1,295 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .879. Vancouver has attempted 1,198 shots and has a shot percentage of 11.4%. At even strength, the Canucks let the opposition score 119 goals while notching 103 on offense. Vancouver comes into tonight with 138 power play chances and they have notched 33 goals during those chances, earning them a percentage of 23.91%. For the year, they have 37 points and their points % is .463. Concerning their goal scoring prowess, the Vancouver Canucks have racked up 136 goals (15th in hockey) on the campaign and have surrendered 157.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Spencer Martin. Over the course of his pro career, Martin has compiled 14 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .467. His save percentage is at .894 for his 1,857 minutes guarding the cage. Martin has seen 990 shots against him and has recorded 885 total saves. Opponents have tallied 105 goals against Martin in his career and his average for goals against per game is 3.39. He has compiled a mark of 14-11-5 and he has gotten the start in 30 games. Martin has been in goal for 32 games during his professional hockey career.
In their last contest, Tampa Bay faced the Blue Jackets in a game where the Lightning notched a victory by a score of 6-3. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing and converted 3 out of those opportunities. The Lightning recorded 6 goals of the 46 shots on goal they were seeking.
During this campaign, the Tampa Bay Lightning have earned a total of 138 goals, 51 points, in addition to a points percentage of .654. They have granted a total of 114 goals to be scored by of a combination of 90 goals at even strength and 24 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Lightning have scored 99 goals at even strength and 39 goals (5th in hockey) while on the power play. They have a total of 139 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 28.06%. Tampa Bay has taken 1,256 shots (17th in professional hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 10.99%, while allowing the opposition 1,193 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 81.25% on their opponents 128 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is currently 90.4%.
For the opposition you are going to see Andrei Vasilevskiy patrolling the crease. Opponents are averaging 2.50 goals per game and he has relinquished 961 goals altogether. Vasilevskiy's quality start rate comes out to 57.4% and he has qualified for 220 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has been a starter 383 games and has been on the ice for 23,068 mins. Vasilevskiy is sitting with a lifetime record of 246-111-25 and has participated in 393 games. He has recorded 10,920 stops out of the 11,881 shots tried, which gives him a save percentage of .919.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver (+205)
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