Philadelphia Flyers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL: Thursday, March 12, Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, 7:00 PM ET
Thursday night brings a marquee Eastern Conference showdown at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, between the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. These two foes will wrap up their three-game regular-season series, and the Lightning beat the Flyers 1-0 as -135 road favorites in January and 5-3 as -200 home favorites in February.
The Flyers are among the hottest teams in the league, winning nine of their previous 10 games overall. On the other side, the Lightning are in crisis, losing seven of their last 10 contests overall including the previous two.
The Flyers failed to score against the Bruins, putting an end to a nine-game win streakPhiladelphia is coming off a 2-0 home loss to the Boston Bruins at even odds this past Tuesday. The Flyers wrapped up a three-game homestand and snapped a nine-game winning streak. They took 36 shots towards Tuukka Rask but couldn’t find a way to score for the first time since February 6 when the Flyers lost to the Devils 5-0 as -230 home favorites.
Carter Hart has guarded the cage in seven of Philadelphia’s last eight games including the clash against the Bruins. He’s 24-13-3 on the season and has a 2.42 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Brian Elliott has won three of his last four games and is 16-7-4 on the season with a 2.87 GAA and a .899 save percentage, so the Flyers don’t need to worry about their goaltenders.
Philadelphia is seventh in the league in goals scored per game (3.29) and tied-seventh in goals against (2.77). The Flyers sit at the second spot of the Metropolitan Division standings, only a point behind the Washington Capitals and three points ahead of the third-place Pittsburgh Penguins. Philadelphia is trying to win its first Metropolitan Division title.
The Lightning are losing the pace with the Bruins after another lossTampa Bay is coming off a 2-1 defeat at the Toronto Maple Leafs as +100 road underdogs this past Tuesday. The Lightning allowed two power-play goals while failing to convert on four power-play opportunities. Andrei Vasilevskiy had a great game, turning aside 34 shots with a .944 save percentage, while Ondrej Palat scored the only goal for the Lightning and his 17th of the season.
The Lightning have dropped two games in a row and are slowly losing the pace in the Atlantic Division title race. They are eight points behind the leaders Boston Bruins, while the Lightning have a comfortable 11-point lead ahead of the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs. Tampa is leading the NHL in goals scored per game (3.47) and is tied-seventh in goals against (2.77).
Andrei Vasilevskiy has guarded the cage in five of Tampa Bay’s last six games, recording three wins and a couple of losses in the process. He’s 35-14-3 on the season and has a 2.56 GAA and a .917 save percentage. Vasilevskiy should get another starting nod Thursday night against the Flyers. He’s patrolled the crease in the previous two meetings with Philadelphia.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Philadelphia:
- 0-7 in the last seven games against Tampa Bay
- 2-12 in the last 14 road games against Tampa Bay
- 13-3 in the last 16 games at home
- 15-5 in the last 20 games against the Eastern Conference