Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Boston Bruins Odds, Picks, and Predictions (3/24/22)

The Tampa Bay Lightning lost on the road to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday evening.  Nicholas Paul scored in his Tampa Bay debut and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 38 saves in the loss.  The Lightning have lost two straight and five out of their last seven games.  Tampa Bay is 39-17-6 with 84 points, second in the Atlantic Division.  On Monday, the Boston Bruins beat the home team Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime.  Brad Marchand scored his second goal of the game 34 seconds into the extra session to secure the Boston victory.  Jeremy Swayman made 26 stops, winning his ninth game in his past 10 starts.  The Bruins have won five of its past six contests.  Boston is 39-19-5 with 83 points, third in the Atlantic Division.

Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Boston Bruins Betting Odds

Under is 5-0-1 in Tampa Bay’s last six games vs. a team with a winning record.  The Lightning are 7-0 in their last seven meetings in Boston with the Bruins.  Under is 5-0 in Tampa Bay’s last five contests after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.  The Lightning are +800 to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup.  Boston is 7-0 in their last seven games vs. Atlantic Division foes.  Under is 4-0-1 in the Bruins last five contests following a win.  Boston is 5-17 in their last 22 meetings with Tampa Bay.  The Bruins are +1600 to win their first Stanley Cup since 2010-11.

Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

Steven Stamkos leads the team in goals with 27 and points with 66 points.  The two-time Stanley Cup champion has 22 points on the power play (10 goals and 12 assists) in 2021-22.  He’s a +8 on the season while averaging 18:38 of ice time per game.  Alex Killorn is third on the team in scoring with 49 points (19 goals and 30 assists) in 62 games.  He’s averaging 19:09 of ice time per game and has delivered 67 hits this season.  On the year, he has nine points on the power play (three goals and six assists).  Brayden Point has 45 points in 48 games this campaign.  He’s scored six game winning goals and has contributed 13 points on the power play in 2021-22.  Winger Ondrej Palat has 35 points on the season in 57 games (15 goals and 20 assists).  Nikita Kucherov has played in 27 games this season after missing the beginning of the season due to injury.  The 2018-19 Hart Trophy winner has an impressive 33 points (11 goals and 22 assists) in his limited action in 2021-22.  Additionally, Kucherov has 14 points on the power play this season.

Victor Hedman is fourth in the league in points by a defenseman with 62 (15 goals and 43 assists).  The 2019-20 Conn Smythe winner is a +13 while leading Tampa Bay’s defensive group in ice time per game at 25:18. He has scored six game winning goals and tallied 25 points on the power play (four goals and 21 assists) on the season.  Mikhail Sergachev is the second leading scorer among Lightning defensemen with 31 points (five goals and 26 assists).  He’s a +14, blocking 89 shots and registering 91 hits in 2021-22.  Ryan McDonagh leads the team in block shots with 110.  He averages 22:41 of ice time per game and has delivered 81 hits this campaign.  On the season he’s a +8 with 21 points (three goals and 18 assists). 

Andrei Vasilevskiy, the 2018-19 Vezina Trophy winner is 32-13-4 on the season in 49 games.  The 2020-21 Conn Smythe winner has a .919 save percentage and a 2.38 GAA on the year.  Vasilevskiy is one of the best goalies in the league and he’s currently +1500 to win the Vezina Trophy.

Boston Bruins Odds

Brad Marchand, one of the most disliked players in the league, has a team leading 35 assists and leads the team in points with 62.  He has 25 points on the power play (seven goals and 18 assists), two shorthanded goals and five game winning goals this year.  Marchand is a +5, averaging 19:24 of ice time per game and has delivered 57 hits in 2021-22.  David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in goals with 33 and is second on the team in points with 61.  He leads the club in game winning goals with eight and has scored 22 points on the power play (13 goals and nine assists).  Center Patrice Bergeron is second on the team in scoring with 45 points (17 goals and 28 assists).  The four-time Selke Trophy winner is second on the Bruins in plus/minus at +14, while averaging 18:24 of ice time per game.  Bergeron has scored 20 points on the power play (seven goals and 13 assists) and has scored three game winning goals on the year.  He’s questionable for Thursday’s game due to an elbow injury.  Taylor Hall in his first full season in Boston has 45 points in 63 games (13 goals and 32 assists).  The 2017-18 Hart Trophy winner has scored 12 points on the power play (five goals and seven assists) this year.

On Monday, the Bruins acquired Hampus Lindholm from the Anaheim Ducks and promptly signed him to an eight year/$52 million contract.  He’s an excellent addition to Bruins who’ll strengthen their blueline.  Lindholm has 17 points while blocking 77 shots and delivering 55 hits in 61 games.  Charlie McAvoy leads the Bruins defensemen in scoring with 40 points (eight goals and 32 assists).  He leads the club in blocked shots with 99 and has registered 119 hits.  He’s also a +10 and averaging 24:37 of ice time per game in 2021-22.  Matt Grzelcyk has 20 points on the season (three goals and 17 assists).  He is fourth on the team in blocked shots with 71.  6-4’ defender, Derek Forbort has played in 59 games this season, registering 80 hits with 99 blocked shots.  Brandon Carlo has given the team valuable minutes playing 19:43 per contest.  He’s a +3, second on the team with 86 blocked shots and has 104 hits in 2021-22. 

Linus Ullmark has started 30 games this season between the pipes for the Bruins.  He’s 19-9-2 with a .909 save percentage with a 2.72 GAA.  Jeremy Swayman has started 29 games for Boston in 2021-22.  He’s 18-8-3 with a .925 save percentage, tied for fourth in the NHL and second in the league with a 2.09 GAA. 

Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Boston Bruins Picks & Prediction

Tampa Bay is scoring 3.3 goals per game, eighth in the league and taking 30.2 shots per game, 19th overall.  The winners of the last two Stanley Cup championships have nine players in their lineup to score at least 11 goals this year.  Defensively the Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game, ranked 10th overall and 29.9 shots per game, seventh in the league.  Boston is scoring three goals per game, ranking them 17th in the NHL and attempting 35.6 shots per game, third overall.  In their lineup, Boston has five players in their lineup with at least 40 points.  On the defensive side, the Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game which is sixth in the NHL and yielding 29 shots a game, fourth overall.  I like the road team Lightning to win this game with the teams combining for over 5.5 goals.
Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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