Vegas Golden Knights vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 3/9/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (+120) Lightning (-143)
Amalie Arena is the site where the Tampa Bay Lightning (38-21-5) will play the Vegas Golden Knights (38-20-6) on Thursday. The odds on this game have the Golden Knights at +120 while the Lightning are sitting at -143. The over/under comes in at 6.
The Vegas Golden Knights were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 2-1 defeat to the Panthers their last time out. The Golden Knights had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this defeat. For the outing, they scored on 1 of the 32 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 4 power play chances and scored 1 goal. Vegas earned 6 penalty minutes in this matchup.
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When playing at even strength, the Golden Knights have allowed the opponent to score 145 goals while earning 167 of their own. Vegas Golden Knights opponents have totaled 153 power play opportunities (32nd in the league) and have scored 31 goals in those chances. In regard to their scoring capabilities, the Vegas Golden Knights have racked up 200 goals (15th in pro hockey) over the course of the season and have given up 176. Vegas has taken 2,072 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.7%. For the season, they have racked up 82 points and their points percentage sits at .641. The Golden Knights have seen 1,970 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .911. Vegas has tallied 160 power play opportunities and they have tallied 33 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 20.63%.
The player in the crease for this game is Adin Hill. For his career, Hill has tallied 47 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .534. His save percentage currently is at .910 for his 5,451 mins in the crease. Hill has had 2,701 shots taken against him and has recorded 2,459 saves. Opponents have tallied 242 goals against Hill in his pro hockey career and his goals against rate is 2.66. He has amassed a mark of 45-39-6 and he has started in 88 games. Hill has been in goal for 101 matchups during his hockey career.
In their last outing, Tampa Bay faced off against the Flyers in a game where the Lightning ended up with the victory by a tally of 5-2. The Lightning recorded 5 goals out of the 39 shots on goal they attempted. They had 6 power play chances in this one and recorded 3 out of those chances.
Tampa Bay has tried 2,051 shots (13th in the NHL) and has earned a shot percentage of 10.87%, while allowing the opposition 2,034 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 80.10% on the other teams 206 power play chances, and their save percentage is 90.4%. They have earned 225 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 26.22%. The Lightning have 164 goals at even strength and 59 goals (2nd in the NHL) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 196 goals to be scored by way of 155 goals at even strength and 41 goals while they were shorthanded. So far this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have earned a total of 223 goals, 81 points, in addition to a points percentage of .633.
For the opposition you are likely to see Andrei Vasilevskiy in net. The opposition is averaging 2.52 goals per game and he has allowed 1,020 goals overall. Vasilevskiy's quality start rate sits at 57.6% and he has made 232 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He got the starting nod in 403 games and has been on the ice for 24,268 minutes. Vasilevskiy has earned a lifetime record of 258-117-27 and has participated in 413 games. He has racked up 11,540 stops out of the 12,560 shots taken against him, which gives him a save percentage of .919.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-143) and under 5.5 goals
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