Thursday Hockey Betting – Lightning at Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers are heavily favored in hockey betting on Thursday as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It is a tough spot for Tampa Bay as they played last night in New York against the Islanders while the Flyers were off. The Flyers have been solid at home this season and they will likely get the bulk of the action in NHL hockey betting in this contest at SBG.

Tampa Bay started the season strongly but they have slipped recently and are hovering around the .500 mark.  Tampa has an exciting young scorer in Steven Stamkos but they still have some issues on defense and in goal. Even with Stamkos in the lineup the Lightning are just 15th in the league in goals per game.  That is not a good number if you look at two other stats. Tampa is 3rd in the league in shots and 6th in the league on the Power Play so they should be scoring more goals.  Defense is a major problem for the Lightning as they are 25th in the league in goals against.  Again, they should be better as they are 5th in the league on the penalty kill.

Flyers 8-3 at Home
The Flyers have been very good at home this season with only three losses. The Flyers seem to have found a new star in goal in Sergei Bobrovsky who has 11 wins already this season. The Flyers are fourth in the league in goals against and they are also fourth in the league in goals per game. When you find a team that is in the top five in both goals scored and goals against they are a team to be taking in hockey betting.

Game Trends
The Lightning is 9-4 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference but that is about their only positive stat for this game.  The Lighting is 3-7 in their last 10 Thursday games and they are 30-75 in their last 105 road games. And The Lightning is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings against the Flyers. The Flyers have a lot of good numbers. They are 9-2 in their last 11 overall and they are 20-6 in their last 26 home games.  If you are looking at the total in NHL hockey betting then keep in mind that the Under is 5-1-1 in Tampa’s last 7 vs. the Atlantic.  The Over is 11-4 in the Flyers last 15 home games.  In this series, the Over is 17-8-2 in the last 27 meetings between the two teams.