It is the first game of a four-game homestand for the Canucks. Gamblers will probably be leaning toward Vancouver as they make a hockey bet on this matchup. Hockey betting trends do favor the Canucks in this game but only slightly. Vancouver is 5-3-2 in the last 10 games against Tampa Bay as hockey betting numbers show. They are 2-0-1 at home against the Lightning as hockey betting results indicate.
The last time the teams met in Vancouver was in 2007 and the Canucks won 5-1. The teams met last year in Tampa Bay and the Lightning came away with the 4-3 win as the hockey bet results show.
Tampa Bay has not been very good on the road this season as hockey betting statistics tell us. The Lightning struggle both on offense and on defense and that is not a recipe for winning anywhere, particularly on the road. Tampa Bay does not have a top notch goalie and they don’t have enough scorers to threaten teams on a regular basis. Martin St. Louis is leading the team in scoring but he has not gotten nearly enough support. Mike Smith is the goalie and he really doesn’t throw fear into many teams in the NHL.
Vancouver has not been that great at home this year in hockey betting. In fact, the Canucks have been better on the road than at home for gamblers who make a hockey bet. The Canucks have been overpriced at home and are barely above .500. The Canucks do rank in the Top 10 in goals scored as hockey betting stats indicate but they are outside of the Top 10 in goals allowed. The Sedin twins can sometimes score goals but they are also very inconsistent.
There is a big hockey betting trend on the total in this game. Seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams have gone over the hockey betting total. The teams have scored at least six goals in seven of those eight games. Tampa Bay has been a slight over team on the road this season as hockey betting numbers indicate. Vancouver has also been a slight over team at home this season as the hockey bet numbers indicate.
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