Vancouver Canucks vs Tampa Bay Lightning 02-08-2018 Prediction & Previewew
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Facing each other for the second and final time this season, the Vancouver Canucks and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet at Amalie Arena for an East-West matchup. This one will get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8 and it can be caught live on Sportsnet Pacific.
The Pacific Division meets the Atlantic Division this evening as the Vancouver Canucks tangle with the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The Canucks enter this game off a 3-1 loss to the Panthers on the road, while the Bolts are off a 6-2 loss to the Oilers on the road. Goalie Probables: Getting the call for the Canucks in this one will be Anders Nilsson and the Lightning will counter with Andrei Vasilevskiy.
The Tampa Bay Lightning (36-14-3) finished off their season-long eight-game road trek with a 5-3-0 total after losing their second game in the past four contests (2-2-0), being thrashed with a score of 6-2 by the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Monday. The Bolts allowed a couple of goals in each period, went just 2-for-4 on penalty kill and netted just two snipes themselves, with Alex Killorn (8 goals, 30 points) making it 1-1 midway through the opening frame, and Yanni Gourde (19 goals, 38 points), who assisted on Killorn’s snipe, tallying during power play at the start of the final third.
It has been a almost average season for the Vancouver Canucks as they sit 7th in Pacific Division. The Canucks were riding a two game winning streak but that quickly turned into a losing streak.
Thanks to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, they easily took care of the Canucks in recent games as the Canucks are grasping for air right now.
The Vancouver Canucks have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 25th in the league in scoring at 2.60 gpg, while also ranking 30th in shots taken (29.7 spg) and 9th in power play conversions, converting on 21.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been poor as they come in ranked 26th in goals allowed, giving up 3.17 gpg, while also ranking 16th in shots allowed (31.9 spg) and 26th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 22.0% of their chances.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have continued to be one of the most consistent teams in the game as they try to secure the top seed in the playoffs. Tampa Bay had been playing well before taking one on the chin in a 6-2 loss at Edmonton on Monday. Alex Kilhorn and Yanni Gourde provided the scoring for the Lightning with Andrei Vasilevskiy allowing four goals on 26 shots before Louis Dominigue came on to stop 7-9 shots.
Connor McDavid carried the Oilers offense with four goals while also adding an assist while Iiro Pakarinen and Leon Draisaitl also lit the lamp. Draisaitl also posted a pair of helpers for Edmonton with the win going to Cam Talbot who made 32 saves to up his record to 19-17-2.
Canucks are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic and over is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 4-1 in Canucks last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. Over is 5-1 in Lightning last 6 overall and the over is 5-1 in Lightning last 6 vs. Pacific and Lightning are 22-5 in their last 27 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. Over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings and road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning enter this game with a 36-17 (67.92%) record, including a 17 – 6 (73.91%) record here at home. When it comes to betting the Lightning on the puck line, they hold a record of 28-25 overall this season. When playing here at home, as is the case today, Tampa Bay is 8 – 15 (34.78%) on the puck line. In betting the total in Lightning games, Over the total has been the case 32 times, while under the total has gone 20 times. Here in Tampa Bay, games have gone Over the total 15 times and Under the Total 8 times.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a very good year so far and they currently lead the league in points with 75, but every now and then they are prone to a clunker of a game and they had one in their 6-2 road loos to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. It was the 7th game of a road trip, so they may have just run out of gas for the game, but still, they did go 5-3 on the trip. They have been solid on the road for the year as they have gone 19-11 away from home, but they have been even stronger at home where they have gone an impressive 17-6 and they have averaged 3.61 gpg and have allowed 2.74 gpg in those games. Scoring in the loss to the Oilers was Alex Killorn, which was his 8th of the year and Yanni Gourde, which was his 19th. The Bolts have a three-point lead over the Bruins in the Atlantic.
Tampa Bay comes in ranked 1st in the league in scoring at 3.53 gpg, while also ranking 12th in shots taken (32.3 spg) and 5th in power play conversions, converting on 23.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very solid so far as they come in ranked 6th in goals allowed, giving up just 2.60 gpg, while also ranking 22nd in shots allowed (32.2 spg) and 24th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 21.6% of their chances.