Bruins vs. Lightning Pick
Are the host Tampa Bay Lightning going to earn an important victory tonight when they battle the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins at 7:30PM ET?
57 Boston Bruins at 58 Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Lightning are a -115 favorite to win on the spread line. The total is set at 6 goals.
Tampa Bay opened as a -135 favorite before the line dropped considerably, while the total has stayed at 6 goals. The Lightning range from a -110 to a -130 favorite, while Boston is between +110 and -105 at various sportsbooks.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 71 percent of public bets are coming in on the visiting Bruins. Online wager info also states that 53 percent of bets are being placed on the over.
INJURY TO WATCH
Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy (knee) and center Sean Kuraly (upper body) are both questionable to play in tonight's game. Defenseman Brandon Karlo (ankle) is out indefinitely, while center Riley Nash (head) is out tonight. Left winger Rick Nash (upper body) is out indefinitely. Left winger Anders Bjork (shoulder) is out for the season. For the Lightning, center Steven Stamkos (lower body) is out tonight. Left winger Adam Erne (lower body) is out indefinitely.
Tampa Bay trails Boston by two points in the Eastern Conference in the race for the top spot in the postseason. This represents the Lightning's best opportunity to make headway with a head-to-head matchup, so expect a top-notch effort out of the hosts. The Bruins have won all three meetings this season, but I believe Tampa Bay will give a spirited effort tonight even with Stamkos out and get the victory as the small home favorite.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING -115