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Currently riding a six-game point streak, the Tampa Bay Lightning (1st in Atlantic Division) are playing host to the Calgary Flames (2nd in Pacific), who have dropped three of their past four games, including the very last two…
Flames Lose Second Straight
The Calgary Flames (34-15-6) lost consecutive games (0-1-1) for the first time since the Christmas break after following up Thursday’s 5-2 beat-down by the San Jose Sharks with a 4-3 shootout loss against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday. It was Calgary’s third defeat in the last four contests (1-2-1) and fourth in the past eight (4-2-2), as the team has now slipped to the 2nd place of the Pacific Division with 74 points from 55 contests. Johnny Gaudreau leads the team with 29 goals and 75 points.
A couple of the best teams in the league battling it out … it's gonna be a good one tomorrow night in Tampa. https://t.co/pETiKWIdQp
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 11, 2019
Following 30 starts and 33 overall appearances, goalie David Rittich, who is set to start on Tuesday, has gone 20-4-5 for the rolling year with a 2.55 GAA and a .915 save percentage. He is 0-0-1, though, in his past two outings against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 3.82 GAA and a .875 save percentage. The Flames, meanwhile, are netting the 2nd highest quantity of goals per game (3.67), while conceding the 10th lowest amount in their defensive zone (2.87). They are 9th in power play with a 22.3% success rate and 18th in penalty kill with 79.8% efficiency.
Bolts Win Two In Row
The Tampa Bay Lightning (41-11-4) extended their current point streak to six consecutive games (4-0-2) after sweeping a back-to-back set throughout the weekend in a matter of 23 hours. A 5-4 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena on Saturday was followed by a 5-2 handling of the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center the following evening. With 86 points from 56 fixtures, the Bolts are still topping the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference and the whole of the NHL. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 84 points (24 goals, 60 assists), while Brayden Point (69 points) has nabbed the most markers (32).
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 11, 2019
Having made 33 starts thus far this year, goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has recorded a 22-7-4 tally for the season with a 2.44 GAA and a .926 save percentage. He is 1-2-0 against the Calgary Flames historically with a 4.04 GAA and a .874 save percentage. The Lightning, meanwhile, are scoring the absolute highest amount of goals per game (3.80), while allowing the 6th lowest quantity on the defensive end (2.77). They are top of the league in power play with a 29.1% conversion rate and 2nd best in penalty kill with 85.0% proficiency.
- Lightning are 11-3 in their last 14 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Lightning are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Pacific.
- Flames are 3-11 in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Flames are 6-13 in their last 19 overall meetings with Lightning.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The visiting team has been owning this series on the last five occasions, with Calgary winning the very last two trips to Tampa Bay. Still, do consider the Bolts for the win here. The Lightning have already banked six victories in their last eight meetings with teams from the Pacific Division and are 11-3 in their past 14 contests after netting at least five snipes in their previous matchup. The Flames, on the other hand, have been seriously struggling on their travels versus opponents with a solid domestic record and have already been beaten by the Bolts in 13 of their last 19 head-to-head contests.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning
Full-Game Total Pick
Even though both teams are the absolutely highest scoring ones in the whole league at the moment, both also rank in the Top 10 of the best defensive performers. So, do expect this one to stay within the realm of six snipes. Seven of the last 11 encounters between the pair have already finished below the seven-goal mark, with five of the last six contests of the Lightning, following a victory, turning out to be low-scoring as well.
Prediction: Under 6.5