Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are leading the Central division with an overall record of 23-6-2 and 48 points. Tampa Bay is four points ahead of second-place Florida and five points ahead of third-place Carolina. The Lightning have won four straight and defeated the Florida Panthers 5-3 in their most recent outing on Sunday. Tyler Johnson scored late in the 3rd period to break a tie during a power play for Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay continues to have one of the best blue lines and goaltenders in NHL and is allowing an average of only 2.32 goals-per-game.

Dallas started the season with several regulars injured and the Stars have struggled from the onset. Dallas is 10-10-8 with 28 points. The Stars are 7th in the Central division and a distant 20 points behind first place Tampa Bay and only four points ahead of last place Detroit. Dallas was defeated by the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Sunday in a shootout. Dallas has a very strong blueline and goaltender as the Stars are only allowing an average of 2.41 goals per game, but Dallas has struggled putting the puck in the net averaging only 2.72 goals per game.

Tampa Bay Scoring is its Key to Success

Tampa Bay is scoring an average of 3.68 goals per game which is first in the NHL. The Lightning have scored 114 goals this season. Steven Stamkos is the leading goal scorer for Tampa Bay with 15 and Brayden Point is second with 13. Victor Hedman is the leader in assists for Tampa Bay with 26, while Mikhail Sergachev has 19. Hedman is the overall points leader with 32, while Stamkos and Point each have 30. The power play has been successful for Tampa Bay as the Lightning are scoring 28.6% of the time with the man advantage. Tampa Bay has scored 30 power play goals this season.

Tampa Bay is stingy in its own end of the ice as the Lightning are allowing an average of 2.32 goals per game and have given up just 72 goals through their first 31 games. Andrei Vasilevskiy in 24 appearances is 20-3-1 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. Vasilevskiy has three shutouts and has allowed only 45 goals in his 24 appearances. Tampa Bay’s penalty-kill unit has held opponents scoreless 83.3% of time while shorthanded.

Injury Report: Mitchell Stephens is out until mid-April, while Nikita Kucherov and Anders Nilsson are out indefinitely and Marian Gaborik is out for the season.

Injuries continue to plague Dallas

The No. 1 goalie for Dallas Ben Bishop has not been on the ice this season as he recovers from knee surgery and Tyler Seguin, who was the points leader last season for Dallas, has not played either as he recovers from hip surgery. Both Bishop and Seguin are not due back until late April. Dallas is also missing Alexander Radulov, who is questionable on Tuesday, Mark Pysyk who is out indefinitely and Steven Johns who is out for the season due to a concussion. Although Bishop has not played in net this season, the Stars are allowing only 2.41 goals-per-game thanks to the play of Anton Khudobin and Jake Oettinger between the pipes. Khudobin is 6-8-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and three shutouts. Oettinger is 4-2-6 with a 2.23 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 1 shutout.

Scoring goals has been a major problem for Dallas this season as the stars are scoring an average of only 2.72 goals per game. Joe Pavelski is the leader in goals scored with 14 and the next highest goal scorer is Roope Hintz with eight. Pavelski and John Klingberg are tied for first in assists with 14 each and Pavelski is the overall leader in points with 28 while Kingberg has 19. Dallas has scored 22 power play goals and the Stars are scoring 23.4% of the time with the man advantage.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Tampa Bay Lightning has the best overall goalie in the NHL in Andrei Vasilevskiy who is allowing an average of only 1.86 goals-per-game and the Lightning are first in the NHL in goals scored with an average of 3.68 goals-per-game. Dallas on the other hand has problems putting the puck in the net as the Stars are averaging only 2.72 goals per game. Through three games played head-to-head this season Tampa Bay is 3-0 against Dallas and have outscored the Stars 11-3 while Vasilevskiy has two shutouts against Dallas this season. Tampa Bay has won five of the last six overall and each of the last five on the road against Dallas

Prediction:
Tampa Bay Lightning -161

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

With Andrei Vasilevskiy in net for Tampa Bay and Anton Khudobin or Oettinger for Dallas, goals will come at a premium in this matchup on Tuesday. Vasilevskiy is allowing an average of 1.86 goals per game and Khudobin is giving up an average of only 2.48 goals per game, while Oettinger allows only 2.23 per game. The total has finished under in 5 of the last 8 between the two.

Prediction:
UNDER 5.5