Devils vs. Lightning Prediction
With their foot on the gas pedal the last couple months, the Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals? Is Tampa Bay going to win Game 5 in front of its home fans this afternoon against the New Jersey Devils?
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Amalie Arena at 3PM ET
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Lightning are a -240 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Devils are a +200 underdog, while the over-under is set at 6 goals. As of Saturday morning, 75 percent of public bets are being placed on Tampa Bay. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Kucherov comes through with big game
Tampa Bay star right winger Nikita Kucherov came through with a three-point effort in Game 4, contributing two goals and an assist in the 3-1 triumph. Kucherov tallied 39 goals and 60 assists during the regular season, production which has translated to the postseason with four goals in four games. Kucherov assisted on a J.T. Miller goal to tie the score at 1-1 in the first period, while he added the go-ahead goal later in the period and an insurance goal late in the third.
NHL Betting Trends
The Devils are 4-0 in their last four games played on two days of rest. The over is 7-0 in the last seven New Jersey games after scoring two or less goals in the previous game.
The Lightning are 6-1 in the last seven games in Tampa Bay. The home team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
With Nashville being stunned late by Colorado Friday night, it showed anything is possible in the playoffs. But with that said, I think Tampa Bay has a bit too much firepower for the Devils to contend with. Being at home makes it an even better situation for the Lightning. The line is a lot to stomach, but the Lightning are the right play.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING -240