Lightning vs Devils: Slumping NHL Squads Square Off in the Swamp
Atlantic leading Lightning have struggled recently
Clinging to a slim one point lead over Detroit in the Atlantic Division, Tampa Bay (20-10-3) have not played their best hockey lately. The Bolts are on a 3-4-1 streak and they play a fourth straight contest on the road tonight. The Lightning opened this five-game road trip with a pair of 4-2 losses to Washington and Pittsburgh prior to a 3-1 win in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Filling in for injured starter Ben Bishop, rookie netminder Andrei Vaslevskiy sparkled in his NHL debut as the young Russian stopped 23 of 24 shots in the win vs the Flyers.
Christmas break can’t arrive soon enough for the drooping Devils
Following a decent 6-3-2 season start, New Jersey has fallen on tough times as they are mired in a 5-13-4 slump. Since the start of November, New Jersey has earned just 14 of a possible 44 points and they have fallen to second last in the Eastern Conference. Looking to avoid a sixth straight loss, the Devils can draw confidence from the fact that they have victories in eleven of their last fourteen home games versus the Bolts. They also posted a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay in their third game of the year back on October 14.
Tampa Bay vs New Jersey Prediction: Injuries and age are hurting the Devils these days as their leading scorer Mike Cammalleri remains sidelined and New Jersey is the oldest team in the NHL. Tampa Bay may be without their second leading scorer Tyler Johnson (stomach virus) tonight as he missed practice on Thursday. Back the Bolts with a 500 unit wager on the money line price posted at SportsInteraction.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils – SportsInteraction NHL Betting Lines
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