While the round-robin round is not elimination, seeding remains important. This leads to the Wednesday afternoon matchup between the Lightning and Bruins. Tampa Bay and Boston were the class of the East. As a result, most gamblers have them tabbed as NHL betting odds chalk. Not to be forgotten was the Lighting’s top seed in 2019. Nor the Bruins Stanley Cup Final loss in seven games. Specifically, this matchup is must-see TV. Top-quality hockey is a sure thing for this one!
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins Round Robin Round
|Date and Time:||Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 4 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario|
|Lightning vs. Bruins TV Coverage:||NBCSN|
|Lightning vs. Bruins SBG Odds:||Click Here|
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins SBG Odds Overview
Above all wagering action should be relatively even on both sides. Boston’s Sunday stink bomb loss to Philadelphia shouldn’t affect online betting. Few NHL teams are more public than the Bruins. While Tampa Bay’s ability is highly coveted by gamblers.
Tampa Bay Lightning Team Overview
Second place in the East Tampa Bay is 43-21-6. NHL metrics have the Lightning ranked first for goals and fifth for the power play. Defensively the Bolts are eighth for goals against and 14th for penalty killing. Of course, Tampa Bay hasn’t lived down its 2019 playoff debacle against Columbus. Only a Stanley Cup can make up for that.
Key Tampa Bay Lightning: RW Nikita Kucherov 33 G, 52 A, 85 PTS, +26 +/-, 4 PPG, 21 PPA, 0 SHG, 15.7 SPCT, D Viktor Hedman 11 G, 44 A, 55 PTS, 27 +/-, 4 PPG, 18 PPA, 0 SHG, 7.1 SPCT, G Andrei Vasilevskiy 35-14-3, 2.56 GAA, .917 SVPCT, 3 SO
Boston Bruins Team Overview
Bruins backers point to a record of 44-14-12. To show, Boston holds the top spot in the Eastern Conference. NHL ranks have the Bruins ninth for goals and second for a power play. So too is Boston first for goals allowed and third for penalty killing. After falling one win shy of the 2019 Stanley Cup the Bruins are a team on a mission.
Key Boston Bruins: RW David Pastrnak 48 G, 47 A, 95 PTS, 21 +/-, 20 PPG, 18 PPA, 0 SHG, 17.2 SPCT, D Torey Krug 9 G, 40 A, 49 PTS, -4 +/-, 2 PPG, 26 PPA, 0 SHG, 6.3 SPCT, G Tuukka Rask 28-6-6 2.12, 2.12 GAA, .929 SVPCT, 5 SO
Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins Against the Spread
The Lightning, are:
- 10-6 in their last 16 games as the dog
- 4-6 under the total when made the underdog
- 5-3 in their last eight games as a dog to Boston
- 4-6-2 under the total when skating as a pup vs. the Bruins
The Bruins are:
- 15-4 in their last 19 games as a favorite
- 5-2 over the total when laying cash
- 3-11 in their last 14 games with Tampa Bay
- 4-2 over the total vs. the Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins SBG Free Pick
Although this is not a playoff or elimination it remains top tier. Boston and Tampa Bay are primed for a clash in the Eastern Conference Final. Those wanting to see championship pedigree will find this matchup a challenge with the NHL lines. Boston’s terrible showing in Philadelphia is hard to ignore.
Lightning vs. Bruins SBG Best Pick: Tampa Bay Lighting