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NHL Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils Prediction 2/25/2024

The Tampa Bay Lightning (31-23-5) travel to face off against the New Jersey Devils (29-24-4) on Sunday, February 25th. This game will be played at Prudential Center in Newark and televised on TNT. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 1:00 ET.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Coming Off A Win

Heading into this game, the Lightning are 8th in the Eastern Conference with 67 points and a record of 31-23-5. In the Atlantic Division, they are 5th and have gone 6-10 against division opponents. On the road, Tampa Bay has gone 13-15-2, and they have won their last three games away from home.

Over their last ten games, the Lightning have gone 5-5, and they are 2-3 in their last five games. As the underdog, Tampa Bay has gone 9-12-4 this season, and they have been the favorite in 34 of their 59 games, going 22-11-1 in those games.

When it comes to puck line results, the Lightning have gone 30-29 this year, including going 5-5 in their last ten games. Overall, Tampa Bay has 22 wins by multiple goals and 21 losses by more than one goal.

On the road, the Lightning have gone 13-17 against the puck line, and they have a scoring margin of -.6 goals per game. In their last ten road games, Tampa Bay has gone 6-4 vs. the puck line.

Facing the Islanders in their last game, the Lightning won by a score of 4-2. Against the Islanders, Lightning’s offense was able to score in all three periods. Of Tampa Bay’s four goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 21 shots on goal and had three giveaways.

Tampa Bay came in as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage and, as a result, recorded a win against the puck line. With a combined total of 6 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.

The New Jersey Devils Are Coming Off A Win

At home this season, the Devils have gone 14-14-2, and they have been favored in 41 of their 57 games. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 9th place with 62 points and a record of 29-24-4. Against other Eastern Conference teams, the Devils have gone 18-16.

Over their last ten games, the Devils have gone 5-5, and they have dropped two of their last three games. For the season, they have been favored in 24 of their 41 games as the favorite.

At home this season, the Devils have a puck line record of just 5-25 and their overall puck line record is 20-37. So far, New Jersey has 13 wins by just a single goal and they have dropped their last three games vs. the puck line.

When favored this year, the Devils have a puck line record of 12-29 and they have dropped three straight games as the favorite. Over their last ten home games, New Jersey’s puck line record is just 3-7.

The Devils recently hosted the Canadiens and emerged victorious with a 4-3 win. During the first period, the Devils started slow, but they turned things around by scoring two times in the second period and two goals in the third. Out of New Jersey’s four goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 24 shots on goal and had 16 giveaways.

Although New Jersey secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.

Tampa Bay Offense Breakdown

Offensively, the Lightning come into the game at 3.4 goals per contest placing 5th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 18th position in the league. The Lightning went 19-12 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 12-9.

This season, the Lightning’s have an over/under record of 27-28-4. Throughout the season, they have played 30 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.8 goals per game.

Devils Offense Breakdown

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For their offensive performance, the Devils come in averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, which is 11th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 8th in the league. Looking at how the Devils’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 13th in power play goals and 25th in shorthanded goals.

For the season, the over/under record of the Devils’ stands at 33-23-1. They have had 34 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.8 goals per game.

Tampa Bay Team Defense

The Lightning defense is currently 17th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.6 shots per game against Tampa Bay. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 15th with 3 shutouts.

New Jersey Team Defense

Entering the game, the Devils’ defense ranks 13th in takeaways, averaging 7 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 23rd in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.

Lightning vs Devils Trends

  • Across their last five road contests, Tampa Bay has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 2 goals per game.
  • Although New Jersey has a straight up record of 2-1 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs. the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.
  • Through their last three games as the underdog, the Devils have an puck line record of 3-0 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Tampa Bay has an puck line mark of 7-3 while going 7-3 straight up.

Lightning vs Devils Prediction

For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Lightning to secure a victory over the Devils on the road. With the moneyline currently set at +103, I’m locking in my bet on the Lightning straight-up.

Our projections have the Lightning pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Lightning, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.

If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.

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