Puck Line Pick
Just looking at the records of these two teams, it’s pretty clear that the Lightning have been the superior squad this season. However, that doesn’t mean they’re automatically going to win on Friday. Tampa Bay has hit a bit of a rough stretch recently; after winning 10-straight games between December 23rd and January 11th the team has alternated wins and losses over their last six. Meanwhile, the Ducks are playing better hockey, albeit in a small sample size. Anaheim is 3-1-0 over their last four games, although that stretch was preceded by a run that saw them go 1-6-1. Anaheim is a respectable 12-9-3 at home this season, but they’re also going against a Lightning squad that’s dominated away from Tampa Bay (15-8-3 road record). Plus, to really top it off, the Lightning won the previous matchup this season by a score of 6-2. We expect similar domination on Friday, which is why we’re going to opt for the Tampa Bay puck line.
Over Under Pick
The total has gone under in five of Tampa Bay’s last seven games, and it’s gone under in seven of the last eight meetings between the teams. We’re riding that trend and taking the under on Friday.