Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 08, 2022

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The Bolts are back-to-back Stanley Cup champs, sit first in the NHL this season with 51 points, and now have star forward Nikita Kucherov back in their lineup as they host the Bruins Saturday.

Boston
51-26-3-2
AT
January 08, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay
51-23-3-5
Puckline +1.5 -151
Moneyline +155
Over / Under o +5.5

13%

Betting Action

87%

Puckline -1.5 +126
Moneyline -186
Over / Under u +5.5

13%

Betting Action

87%

Kucherov actually returned on Thursday versus Calgary and tallied two assists in his first game in just under three months.

Tampa Bay’s 23-8-5 record has them two points ahead of Florida for first in the Central Division. Boston’s way behind in the division race and just lead the pack of teams chasing the final wild-card spot in the East. At 17-11-2, the Bruins are one point ahead of Detroit for eighth place and five points ahead of 12th-place Columbus.

Puck drop at Amalie Arena is set for 7 p.m. EST, with Tampa Bay a -152 moneyline favourite and the over-under at 5.5 on the NHL odds.

Bruins vs. Lightning NHL Betting Odds

The Lightning have been red hot at home with wins in eight of their last nine at Amalie and a 12-3-3 record on the year. But Boston enters on a hot steak away from home, winning seven of their last nine home games.

Head-to-head, Tampa Bay’s taken all of these teams’ last five meetings and dating back even further have won eight of their last 10. It’ll be the second time these teams face off this season, with the Lightning winning 3-2 on a Steven Stamkos overtime goal back on December 4.

Boston Bruins

Boston had a three-game winning streak snapped the last time they took the ice, falling 3-2 to Minnesota at home on Thursday. Taylor Hall and Brad Marchand each scored for the Bruins, with Marchand’s being his team-leading 12th of the season. Now 30 games into the season, only two Bruins have doubled-digit goals and they sit 18th in goals per game with 2.87.

With nine goals on the season, David Pastrnak is one short of the mark and has only scored once since the end of November. Pastrnak’s lone goal did come on Tuesday versus New Jersey, but none the less the three-time 35-goal scorer is having a tough time finding twine in 2021–22.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Kucherov’s return sparked the Lightning on Thursday, defeating the Flames 4-1 at home. Along with Kucherov, defenceman Ryan McDonagh also had a multi-point night with two assists too. Stamkos recorded a lone assist to give him a team-high 41 points on the season.

In net, Andrei Vasilevskiy remains at an elite level His 19 wins leads all goalies this season and .926 save percentage is among the best starters. In eight NHL seasons Vasilevskiy is posting a .920 save percentage for his career — and at 27 years old is now in the prime of what’s becoming a legendary career.

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