Puck Line Pick
The Kings make a trip East looking to hand the Tampa Bay Lightning their second straight loss against a team with an ugly record. Tampa’s 10-game winning streak was snapped with an unwanted loss against the New Jersey Devils in their previous game. Los Angeles has lost four of its last five games. The Lightning has a chance to start another big winning streak, as they host a team they have beaten seven times in their last 10 head-to-head meetings. Getting a victory against the Kings would go a long way as Tampa will head back on the road following this game for the next six games. LA was blanked for the fourth time this season in their previous game against Carolina. Tampa will need its leaders to step up, and that is a likely chance in this match-up. Amalie Arena isn’t a kind place for visitors, therefore backing the Lightning on the puck line with high confidence is the right move.
Over Under Pick
Los Angeles has been shutout four different times this season, and even when they manage to put the puck in the net, it isn’t at a very high rate. Four of the Kings’ last five games have finished with two goals or less. Tampa Bay has been one of the best goal-scoring teams in the NHL, has had some really low totals as of late, including just one goal in a 3-1 loss against a struggling New Jersey team. That doesn’t help the chances of an over six-goal total in this clash. Each of the last three head-to-head meetings has finished with seven or more goal totals. Making the over six-goal total a must in this match-up.