NHL Betting: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils

The Tampa Bay Lightning remains in the Eastern Conference race, but the odds are not in their favor. Their captain Vincent Lecavalier is returning to the lineup and providing hope for fans, but even his return may not be enough to win the race. Trying to bounce back from a deflating loss, the Lightning will face the New Jersey Devils Thursday night.

Right now, Tampa Bay, 35-34-7, is sitting in an 11th place tie with 77 points. They are remaining in nine just behind Buffalo and have only six games to place. Although they had won three in a row, their postseason aspirations took a hit with Tuesday's loss to Boston. Although Steven Stamkos scored his team-record 54th and 55th goals, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost the game. Coach Guy Boachers is hopeful that after a rest on Wednesday, the team will be able to bounce back and win on Thursday's game. Start your NHL Betting action on Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils game.

On the other side of the race is New Jersey with a record of 43-28-6. The Devils missed the playoffs last season for the first time since their 1995-96 season, but are hopeful to regain their winning streak. The Devils are currently in 6th place and are sitting eight points ahead of Washington. Both a win for the Devils and a Washington loss would put the Devils in. After a 1-3-1 stretch, New Jersey regrouped and were able to improve to a 5-1-1 over seven home games, ending with Tuesday's win over Chicago. Check the Sportsbook Lines for Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils game.

Either way you look at it, Lightning at Devils is going to be a close game. With the return of their captain Vincent Lecavalier, the Lightning are hopeful of a victory, but will it be enough to pull ahead of the New Jersey Devils? Thursday's game is going to be a tense time for fans as the fate of both teams is decided and right now, there is no clear winner.

The Devils are 1 ½ goal favorites in tonight's game. The over-under is 5 ½. Open an account for the best Sportsbook Parlay and Vegas Teaser Payouts in the Industry.