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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins Picks, Predictions, Odds

The Tampa Bay Lightning (39-17-6) will meet the Boston Bruins (39-19-5) at TD Garden in Boston on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on ESPN+.

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Score Prediction

Lightning 3, Bruins 2

Best Bet

Lightning -110
Under 5.5 (-105)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING vs. BOSTON BRUINS PREDICTIONS

The Lightning are coming off a 3-2 loss in Carolina against the Carolina Hurricanes, a game which I was able to catch in person, which is always nice. The Lightning didn't do a whole lot of scoring, as Nicholas Paul notched a goal midway through the second period on a deflection, while Alex Killorn scored with exactly one minute remaining in regulation thanks to an extra attacker. That was it. It was another struggle for the Lightning against a top team, something which has been a theme for Tampa Bay lately.

The Bruins added a few shiny new pieces at the NHL trade deadline, reinforcing the blue line with some depth in the form of Josh Brown, while grabbing one of the better rearguards available in Hampus Lindholm. In fact, the latter gives the B's more size and a little more sandpaper for the playoffs. The B's also hung onto Jake DeBrusk, re-signing him to a two-year deal after he reportedly asked to be traded. So it looks like Boston is in a better place heading into the final stretch. Now, can it get over the hump against a Tampa Bay team which has given it fits over the years?

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING vs. BOSTON BRUINS BETTING ODDS

Lightning -110
Bruins +100
Lightning -1.5 (+230)
Bruins +1.5 (-286)
Over 5.5 (-114)
Under 5.5 (-105)

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING vs. BOSTON BRUINS BETTING RESOURCES

  • Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
  • Matchup: Atlantic vs. Atlantic
  • Venue: TD Garden
  • Location: Boston, Mass.
  • TV-Time: ESPN+ - 7:00 p.m. ET

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 39-17-6
  • ATS: 29-33
  • O/U: 31-29-2

The Lightning are sitting pretty with 84 points in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division, in third place one point ahead of the B's with one game in hand. However, the Lightning have had a power outage lately, going for just two or fewer goals in five of the past six games, posting only two wins in the previous seven games overall. Teams go through tough stretches all the time, even the good teams, but this is not an opportune time to experience a letdown.

The Lightning are also 0-5 in the past five games against teams wit ha winning overall record. Perhaps a trip to Boston is just what the doctor ordered, as Tampa Bay has won seven consecutive skates in Beantown, while dominating the B's with a 17-5 mark in the previous 22 meetings. The road team is also 8-2 in the past 10 meetings which points to the Lightning as well.

It's been an UNDER-fest for the Lightning lately, which isn't surprising given the fact Vezina Trophy candidate Andrei Vasilevskiy is in between the pipes. The UNDER is 6-0 in the past six games, and 5-0 in the past five on the road. The UNDER is also 5-0-1 in the past six games against winning teams.

BOSTON BRUINS BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 39-19-5
  • ATS: 23-40
  • O/U: 29-29-5

The Bruins have fared much better lately, going 5-1 in the past six to surge right to the back bumper of the Lightning in the standings. Boston has also won seven straight games inside the division, and 12 of the previous 17 inside the Eastern Conference.

For totals, Boston has also been trending to the UNDER lately, going 3-0-2 in the past five games overall, while going 4-1-1 in the past six against Eastern Conference foes. The UNDER is 4-0-1 in the past five following a win, too, and 3-0-1 in the past four inside the Atlantic Division.

The Bruins have dropped seven straight at home to the Lightning. (AP)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING vs. BOSTON BRUINS BETTING CONCLUSION

The Lightning have really struggled against the good teams, and are about to get leapfrogged by the Bruins if they don't pull out of this nosedive. What better way than to get on track with a road win against the team pursuing you?

Tampa Bay has dominated Boston over the years, winning 17 of the previous 22 meetings, including an uncanny 7-0 win streak in Boston. The road team has successfully come away with victory in eight of the past 10 games. Tampa Bay has had some issues lighting the lamp lately, but I think it'll do enough to get the job done against Boston. The B's have plenty of offensive weapons, but Vasilevskiy and the Lightning just seem to have their number. Until Boston starts to beat Tampa on a regular basis, keep fading the Bruins.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING vs. BOSTON BRUINS BETTING TRENDS

  • Lightning are 2-5 in the past seven games overall.
  • Lightning are 0-5 in the past five vs. winning teams.
  • Bruins are 5-1 in the past six games overall.
  • Bruins are 12-5 in the past 17 vs. Eastern Conference teams.
  • Bruins are 7-0 in the past seven vs. Atlantic Division teams.
  • The UNDER is 6-0 in the past six games for the Lightning.
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the past five road games for the Lightning.
  • The UNDER is 5-0-1 in the past six vs. winning teams for the Lightning.
  • The UNDER is 3-0-1 in the past four vs. Eastern Conference teams for the Lightning.
  • The UNDER is 3-0-2 in the past five games for the Bruins.
  • The UNDER is 4-1-1 in the past six vs. Eastern Conference teams for the Bruins.
  • The UNDER is 3-0-1 in the past four vs. Atlantic Division teams for the Bruins.
  • The road team is 8-2 in the past 10 meetings.
  • The Lightning are 17-5 in the past 22 meetings.
  • The Lightning are 7-0 in the past seven trips to Boston.

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