Puck Line Pick
An intriguing Saturday night match-up will see the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Arizona Coyotes. Tampa Bay is currently one of the best teams in the entire NHL. They just lost to Vegas in their last game to snap a nine-game winning streak. As of Friday, they trail the Bruins by 3 points for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. On the other side, is the Arizona Coyotes, who still have quite a lot of work to do if they want to make a postseason run. They are not doing themselves any favors, having lost two in a row. Now tied with Calgary, the Coyotes need to pick up the pace if they want a chance to play in the postseason. Keep in mind that Tampa Bay are 20-9-3 this year on the road, 9-4 in their last 13 meetings in Arizona and 17-8 in the last 25 meetings overall. The Lightning are a huge favorite, so a lean to them on the puck line is the only way I would be looking to play this game.
Over Under Pick
I actually like the total more in this game, as we have an Arizona team who is really struggling to score. The Coyotes are averaging just 1.8 goals per game over their last five, but are also allowing 1.8 goals. Tampa Bay is score more at 3.4, but are playing good defense as well, allowing 2.6 over the same stretch. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and 6-0-1 in Arizona’s last 7 games. That being said, I look for this one to stay under the total with medium confidence.