It’s been a tough week if you’ve had money on the Tampa Bay Lightning. They were beaten down on Monday by the Panthers 7-1 and lost in overtime to the San Jose Sharks last night. Prior to last night’s defeat, the Bolts were on a ten-game winning streak at home and had one of the best home-ice records in hockey.
But today is another day, and with only two games on the slate, we need to be more strategic.
J.Robertson o3.5 Shots on Goal
Wild at Stars
Robertson fired 17 shots toward the goal, with 7 of them finding their mark. His home ice shooting market is 17-8 OVER this season, and he is averaging 4.56 shots per game. Minnesota is significantly more relaxed on the road, as they rank 12th in shots allowed since January 1. The Wild are in a tough place with a game against the Golden Knights at home tomorrow night. They may be run over by Dallas’s top line, which had a 93% projected goal percentage against the Ducks on Monday.
Rangers ML -140
Canucks at Rangers
The Canucks have been a defensive nightmare, allowing 3.94 goals per game which is the second most in the NHL. They also have the worst PK% in the league. Despite losing Horvat, the team did put up a fight against the Devils on Monday, but back-to-back games on the road even with Spencer Martin in net, should be too much for this team.
- Chris Kreider Over 0.5 PP points +240
- Mika Zibanejad Over 0.5 PP points +120
As I mentioned, the Canucks have the worst PK% in the league and despite the heat that Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant has been under for trying to find ways to fix their problems on special teams, I’m confident they bury at least one tonight.
“We’ve played a lot better hockey,” head coach Gerard Gallant said. “Obviously, you want little things to improve. The power play hasn’t been as great, but it doesn’t matter to me if the power play is not great or the (penalty kill) is not good, or the five-on-five has been better. As long at the end of the night, you’re playing good hockey and winning hockey games.”
They’re aware of the problem, which is a sign to me, that they are focusing on it in practice. No better opportunity to fix something than score a few PP goals against a terrible team.