The Tampa Bay Lightning (13-11-5) travel to face off against the Vancouver Canucks (18-9-1) on Tuesday, December 12th. This game will be played at Rogers Arena in Vancouver and televised on BSSU. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vancouver Canucks
The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Coming Off A Win
Through 29 games, the Lightning have achieved an overall record of 13-11-5. When on the road, Tampa Bay holds a 5-8-2 record, while they are 8-3-3 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 5th spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 9th in the Eastern conference. Tampa Bay has 10 wins by more than one goals and dropped 11 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 15-14 this season.
In their most recent matchup, the Lightning played against the Kraken and won with a score of 4-3. In the 3rd period, the Lightning found the net one time against the Kraken after their two goals in the first period. All four goals came at even strength. They finished with 30 shots on goal and had 4 turnovers.
Tampa Bay couldn’t cover the puck line despite the straight-up win, as they entered the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
The Vancouver Canucks Are Coming Off A Win
Coming into their game vs. Lightning, the Canucks have a 18-9-1 record. They hold a 10-3-1 record when playing at home, and they have gone 8-6-0 on the road. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 2nd, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 2nd. Vancouver comes in with 13 wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost five games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 19-9.
In their most recent game, the Canucks hosted the Hurricanes and secured a 4-3 victory. The Canucks’ offense scored in each period against the Hurricanes. In the game, Vancouver managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 24 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.
Despite being the underdog, Vancouver managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
Tampa Bay Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Lightning are averaging 3.3 goals per game which is 5th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 8th in the league. Tampa Bay’s offense comes into the game ranked 1st in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 30th in the NHL.
This season, the Lightning have an over/under record of 13-14-2. Throughout the season, they have played 15 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.8 per game.
Vancouver Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Canucks are averaging 3.8 goals per game this season, putting them in the 1st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 25th in the league. This year, the Canucks have recorded a 9-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 8-5 record.
The Canucks come in with an over/under record of 17-9-2. Over the season, there have been 19 games that have surpassed the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.4 goals per game.
Tampa Bay Team Defense
Defensively, the Lightning are currently 7th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They also are 3rd in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Vancouver Team Defense
Defensively, the Canucks are currently 13th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.8 shots per game against Vancouver. They also are 5th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Lightning vs Canucks Trends
- Although Tampa Bay has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 0-3. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- In their last ten games at home, the Canucks have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 6-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 4 goals per game in these contests.
- As the betting underdog, the Canucks have an puck line record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 2-1.
- Across their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Lightning have an overall record of 3-2 while going 2-3 against the spread.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Lightning to take down the Canucks on the road. With the moneyline currently at +103, I’m placing 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.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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