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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues
NHL: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST
The Lightning had their three-game win streak snapped in their last game and after a record-breaking last season, the team is closer to the bottom than the top in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay has the offense averaging 3.71 goals per game but ranks near the bottom of the pack when it comes to a defense allowing 3.41 goals per game. They had totaled 17 goals in their three-game win streak, including scoring nine in one game, before scoring three in losing their last game.
The Blues have been singing the blues lately losing three in a row, which came right after a seven-game win streak. They have only totaled five goals in losing their last three games and on the season, they rank in the middle of the pack in both goals per game and goals allowed per game. Even with St. Louis’ losing streak the defending champions are still atop the Central Division and as of Monday are tied with the Edmonton Oilers for the most points in the Western Conference.
Not quite as good on the attackIn their last game, the Lightning lost to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3, where they were not quite as good on the attack as in their previous game where they beat the New York Rangers 9-3. In the loss to the Jets Tampa Bay allowed four goals on only 27 shots, they had 34, and Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist in the losing effort. The last three games for Tampa Bay were at home and this season the club is 5-4-1 on the road.
Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning in points, assists, and goals and he has scored a goal, as well as having three assists, in the last two games. The team is a very balanced one and while they are averaging 3.71 goals per game, which leads league, the team leader in Stamkos only has seven goals. You could see the balance of Tampa in the 9-3 win over the Rangers in the game before their last one when eight different players lit the lamp. #1 G Andrei Vasilevskiy (7-5-0 3.02 GAA) is slated to get the start in this game and he was in the net for the last game and has given up three goals in each of his last two starts.
Offense stymied againFor the 3rd straight game, the Blues’ offense struggled, as they lost their 3rd in a row in their last game, which was a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Their defense has not been great in their losing streak either giving up 10 goals in the three games. In the loss to the Ducks St. Louis gave up two goals in the first period and Vince Dunn scored his 3rd of the season for the only goal.
David Perron leads the Blues with 19 points, and he has one goal and three assists in his last five games. Brayden Schenn leads the team in goals with 11 and is the only player that has more than eight for the Blues. He has only lit the lamp one time in his last seven games. Top G Jordan Binnington (9-3-4 2.40 GAA) is scheduled to get the start in this non-conference affair, was in the crease in the loss to the Ducks, and the Blues have lost his last two starts where he has given up five goals. On the season St. Louis is 5-2-3 at home.
According to the betting trends from Oddshark.com, the St. Louis Blues are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 games facing teams from the Eastern Conference
According to the betting trends from Oddshark.com, the Tampa Bay Lightning are:
- 4-2 in their last 6 games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Lightning have been the hotter team as of late, as the Blues have dropped three in a row where their offense has struggled. There is a good chance they will get back on track in this game facing a less than stellar defense for St. Louis. However, the Tampa Bay offense will come alive in this game, even on the road, facing a Blues’ team that gave up four goals in their last game. This game will be a high scoring affair where the Lighting will win while the Blues will suffer their 4th straight loss.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Lightning are the highest-scoring team in the NHL while the Blues have not been playing their best defense during their three-game losing streak. Tampa Bay will play to their strength in this game, which is their offense, and the Blues will have another less than stellar game on both sides of the ice. The suspect Tampa Bay defense will not have a great game but their offense will bail them out and since this will be a high scoring game the Over id the pick.