The Tampa Bay Lightning head to Canada for a date with the Ottawa Senators tonight. The two teams are scheduled for puck-drop at 7:00 p.m. EST from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ontario.
The Lightning enter this game having lost two in a row but they still sit in third place within the Atlantic Division. This is a team that has been very average of late as they have gone 5-4-1 over their last 10 games. However, they seem like a lock for a playoff spot and once they are in the postseason, anything can happen. They are a veteran team that knows how to win hockey game and are still a powerhouse around the league. On the season, Tampa Bay is averaging 3.43 goals per game and are allowing 3.04 goals to opposing teams.
Ottawa comes in with a record of 34-32-5 on the season and they have gone 3-6-1 over their last 10 games. Ottawa once was a candidate for the postseason but inconsistent play over the last few weeks have seen them slip down the standings and out of any real shot of contention with only a limited amount of games left. On the season, they are averaging 3.08 goals per game and are allowing 3.24 goals to opponents. They will need to step up on the defensive side of the ice if they want to keep up with the Lightning this evening.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Ottawa Senators 3
While Tampa Bay is on a two game losing streak, they should be able to handle the Senators on the road and get a nice win here.
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Spread – Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 (+180) / Ottawa Senators +1.5 (-225)
Moneyline – Tampa Bay Lightning -130 / Ottawa Senators +110
Total – 6.5 – Over (-130) / Under (+110)
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