The Tampa Bay Lightning will be trying to pick up their first road win of the year when they face the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. The Lightning are coming off a 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh in their season opener. The Red Wings are playing their first game of the season. They finished the 2020 season with a 19-27-10 record.
Tampa Bay is 6-2-2 in its last 10 games against Detroit.
Lightning Trying To Bounce Back From LossTampa Bay’s first game didn’t go as well as they planned, with the team getting blown out by Pittsburgh. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Red Wings, which will give them their first win of the season.
“We’ve got to do ten-game segments here as a team and find a way to build our game each game at a time.” #PITvsTBL— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 13, 2021
Tampa Bay struggled offensively against the Penguins, scoring only two goals on 28 shots. Anthony Cirelli led the way for the Lightning with a goal and an assist. Steven Stamkos had two assists, while Alex Killorn scored a goal.
Tampa Bay did not play well defensively against the Penguins, giving up six goals. They will need a significantly better performance if they want to avoid losing two straight games.
Red Wings Hoping To End Playoff DroughtThe Red Wings used to be perennial Stanley Cup contenders, but they haven’t made the playoffs since the 2015 season. They won only 19 games last season, but they made a lot of good moves in the offseason and they’re hoping it results in a playoff appearance.
Detroit struggled offensively last season, averaging 2.16 goals per game. They brought in Pius Suter and Nick Leddy to give them more depth and if forwards Tyler Bertuzzi, Robby Fabbri, and Dylan Larkin remain healthy, they will play better offensively this year.
Detroit also struggled defensively last season, giving up 3.03 goals per game. They acquired former Carolina Hurricanes goalie Alex Nedeljkovic in the offseason. He was 15-5-3 in 20 starts for the Hurricanes last season, finishing the season with an impressive .932 save average. If he plays as well as he did last season, the Red Wings won’t give up too many goals this season.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The defending champions got embarrassed on their home ice after unveiling their banner and will take out their frustration against the Red Wings, who had the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference last season. Even though the Red Wings made a splash in the offseason through trades and the draft, and will be better than they were last season, they don’t have enough talent to keep up with the Lightning, so go with Tampa Bay to win this game in a blowout.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Lightning averaged 3.2 goals per game last season, but they scored only two goals in their first game. Even though they will play better offensively in this game against a team that gave up 3.03 goals per game last season, they’ve played under the total in five of their last seven games against Atlantic Division teams, while the Red Wings have played under the total in five of their last six home games. With both teams combining for 3.33 goals per game in their last three meetings, the under makes the most sense here.