Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Seattle Kraken Odds, Picks, and Predictions (3/16/22)

Against the Canucks in Vancouver, Ross Colton and Victor Hedman scored in the first six minutes of the contest and star goalie Andrei Vasilevsky made 35 saves as the Lightning snapped their three-game skid with a 2-1 win.  Tampa Bay is 38-15-6 with 82 points, second in the Atlantic Division.  The Lightning are 19-10-2 in road games this campaign.  Marcus Johannson scored in the seventh round of the shootout as the Seattle Kraken overcame blowing a two-goal lead in the third period to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Saturday evening.  Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves and stopped all seven shots he faced in the shootout to insure the Kraken’s victory.  Seattle is 18-37-6 with 42 points, eighth in the Pacific Division.  The Kraken are 10-17-3 at home in 2021-22.

Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Seattle Kraken Betting Odds

Tampa Bay is 50-15 in their last 65 games vs. a team with a losing record.  Over is 3-0-1 in the Lightning’s last four games following a win.  Under is 5-1 in Tampa Bay’s last six games vs. Pacific Division clubs.  The Lightning are +750 to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup.  The Kraken are 1-7 in their last eight games vs. Eastern Conference opponents.  Seattle is 0-6 in their last six games when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game.  The Kraken are 0-6 in their last six games following a win.  In their only matchup this season, the Lightning shutout the Kraken 3-0 on November 26, 2021.

Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

Steven Stamkos, the Lightning’s captain is one of my favorite players in the NHL due to his grit, leadership and of course his ability to score.  Stamkos leads the team in goals with 26 and points with 63 points.  The two-time Stanley Cup champion has 20 points on the power play (10 goals and 10 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 47 points (18 goals and 29 assists) in 59 games.  He’s averaging 19:04 of ice time per game and has delivered 64 hits this season.  On the year, he has eight points on the power play (three goals and five assists).  Brayden Point has 42 points in 45 games this campaign.  He’s scored three game winning goals and has contributed 11 points on the power play in 2021-22.   Winger Ondrej Palat has 34 points on the season in 54 games (15 goals and 19 assists).  Nikita Kucherov has played in 24 games this season after missing the beginning of the season due to injury.  The 2018-19 Hart Trophy winner has an impressive 30 points (10 goals and 20 assists) in his limited action in 2021-22.  Additionally, Kucherov has 13 points on the power play this season.

Victor Hedman is tied for third in the league in points by a defenseman with 58 (15 goals and 43 assists).  The 2019-20 Conn Smythe winner is a +12 while leading Tampa Bay’s defensive group in ice time per game at 25:19. He has scored five game winning goals and tallied 22 points on the power play (two goals and 20 assists) on the season.  The 2017-18 Norris Trophy winner is +350 to win the Norris Trophy.  Mikhail Sergachev is the second leading scorer among Lightning defensemen with 31 points (five goals and 26 assists).  He’s a +12, blocking 88 shots and registering 87 hits in 2021-22.  Ryan McDonagh leads the team in block shots with 107.  He averages 22:51 of ice time per game and has delivered 72 hits this campaign.  On the season he’s a +9 with 21 points (three goals and 18 assists). 

Andrei Vasilevskiy, the 2018-19 Vezina Trophy winner is 31-11-4 on the season in 46 games.  The 2020-21 Conn Smythe winner has a .918 save percentage and a 2.40 GAA on the year.  Vasilevskiy is one of the best goalies in the NHL and always gives you a chance to win every night, he’s currently +1000 to win the Vezina Trophy. 

Seattle Kraken Odds

Yanni Gourde is tied for the team lead in points with 35, while leading the Kraken in assists with 22.  In the win over Montreal on Saturday, Gourde scored his 13th goal of the season.  He has six points on the power play while averaging 18:40 of ice time per game.   Jared McCann is tied with Gourde for the team lead in scoring with 35 points, leading Seattle with 23 goals.  He has scored eight goals on the power play in 2021-22.  Jordan Eberle has scored 34 points in 59 games (15 goals and 19 assists).   Eberle has scored two game winning goals and has tallied seven points on the power play (three goals and four assists).  Marcus Johansson had two assists in the win against the Canadiens on Saturday, overall, he has 17 assists on the season.  Johansson in his 12th season has 23 points in 49 games.  Colin Blackwell has three goals and three assists over the last 10 contests for Seattle.  On the year, he has 16 points.  

Vince Dunn is tied for the lead in points among Seattle defensemen with 23 (seven goals and 16 assists).   He’s averaging 20 minutes of ice time per game while blocking 58 shots and delivering 59 hits.  Kraken captain, Mark Giordano is tied with Dunn for the points lead by a Seattle defenseman with 23 (six goals and 17 assists).  He’s second on the team with 98 blocked shots and averaging 21:29 of ice time per game.  Adam Larsson leads the club in blocked shots with 105 and second on the team with 135 hits.  He’s chipped in 17 points on the season (four points and 13 assists).  In 51 games, Jeremy Lauzon leads the Kraken in hits with 172 hits and averaging 17:45 of ice time per game.

Philipp Grubauer has started 43 for Seattle in their inaugural NHL season.  The tenth-year goaltender is 13-25-5 with a 3.21 GAA and a .888 save percentage.  Backup Chris Driedger has started 15 games this campaign.  In 2021-22, he’s 5-9-1 with a .886 save percentage and a 3.37 GAA.

Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Seattle Kraken Picks & Prediction

In the Kraken’s last 10 games they are 2-6-2, averaging 2.5 goals while allowing 3.5 goals per game.  On the season, Seattle is scoring 2.6 goals per game, 30th in the NHL and allowing 3.6 goals per game, 29th overall.  The Lightning are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games, averaging 3.1 goals while allowing 2.8 goals per game.  In 2021-22, Tampa Bay is scoring 3.4 goals per game, seventh in the NHL and allowing 2.8 goals per game, 12thoverall.  The Lightning’s overall offensive firepower should overwhelm the expansion Kraken.  I’ll take Tampa Bay winning this game by at least 1.5 goals and the squads combining for over six 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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