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The Vegas Golden Knights and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena. The Vegas Golden Knights look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games.
The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with 19 goals, Chandler Stephenson has 26 assists and Reilly Smith has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 85 goals on 924 shots faced, and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 37 goals on 360 shots.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 20 goals, Victor Hedman has 36 assists and Brayden Point has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 77 goals on 989 shots faced, and Brain Elliott has allowed 21 goals on 227 shots.
The Golden Knights are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Lightning are 45-17 in their last 62 home games and 125-59 in their last 184 overall. The over is 11-4 in Golden Knights last 15 road games. The over is 6-2 in Lightning last 8 overall.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing the better hockey, and they’re going to be favored nearly every time on their home ice. The line makes sense. However, the Vegas Golden Knights are too good of a team to turn down in the underdog role, and they’ve actually played some of their best recent hockey on the road. The underdog has also won five of the last seven meetings. Give me Vegas and the plus money.