Tampa vs New Jersey: prediction for the NHL game
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa were on a winning streak of four games, but they have just suffered a crushing defeat to Anaheim (1:5) away. The Lightning's defensive line was unable to stop the attacks of the opponents, and goalie Vasilevsky couldn't help his team avoid the beating.
In the following game, Tampa bounced back and destroyed San Jose's defenses (7:1). Almost every player of the Lightning managed to chalk up performance points.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey are slumping, and in the last six games they recorded only one victory, although an impressive one - they defeated Carolina with a score of 7:4. The Devils took advantage of the Canes' terrible defensive play.
In the other games, New Jersey failed to use their scoring chances - they lost to Dallas (1:5) and Arizona (1:4). Goalies Blackwood and Schmid weren't reliable, and the latter even was substituted off in the second period of the game.
In 4 of the last 5 head-to-head games, goals were scored in each period.
Tampa scored first in 4 out of 5 head-to-head games.
We don't think that New Jersey can put up a fight against Tampa at the moment. The visitors are in poor form, while Tampa are doing exceptionally well, especially at home.
Our prediction - handicap (-1.5) to Tampa
Tampa are brilliant on the offensive, and the Devils have problems at the back. We don't believe that the Devils will be able to withhold the onslaught of the hosts.
Second wager - total over 6 goals