Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Mar 27, 2024

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The Boston Bruins complete an all-Florida back-to-back on Wednesday night when they clash with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Boston
47-20-12-3
AT
March 27, 2024, 7:30 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay
45-29-7-1
Puckline +1.5 -250
Moneyline -105
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +200
Moneyline -115
Over / Under u +6

Boston moved back into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division on Tuesday when they completed a come-from-behind victory at Florida. With points in seven straight games, the Lightning have pulled away into the East’s top Wild-Card spot and are suddenly back in the mix for a top-three spot in the Atlantic.

And now that the final 10 games of the NHL season have arrived for both clubs, each game is crucial in determining playoff seeding. If the Bruins keep losing, and Tampa keeps winning, suddenly Wednesday could end up being a first-round preview between Boston and Tampa Bay. Puck drop at Amalie Arena is at 6:30 p.m. ET, with the Lightning opening as a slight favourite on the moneyline and the over-under at 6.0 on the NHL odds.

Bruins vs. Lightning NHL Betting Odds

The Lightning hold a 2-1 edge in the season series over the Bruins but both Tampa wins have come after regulation play. Two of the three Bruins–Lightning contests this season have featured a minimum of nine total goals. The over’s hit in 10 of Tampa Bay’s last 12 home games overall and the Bruins come in having four of their last five contests go over.

After Tuesday’s victory the Bruins have now won five straight divisional games. Wednesday’s the third of six straight on the road for Boston and they are 19-7-9 on the road this season. Tampa Bay’s played in seven total overtime games this season, but again two have come against Boston.

Boston Bruins

Two goals in the final five minutes on Tuesday turned what was looking like a hard-fought defeat into a galvanizing win for the Bruins. It’ll be interesting to see how much gas is in the tank for Boston on Wednesday, because just 24 hours ago they put forth some playoff intensity in the win against Florida. Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak found the back of the net to start the game for Boston, and the late goals to prevail came courtesy of Trent Frederic and Pavel Zacha.

Pastrnak’s now at team highs in goals with 45 and points with 101. He set career highs in both categories last season, but is more likely to catch his career high of 113 points this year.

The back-to-back spot makes it Linus Ullmark’s turn in net on Wednesday. Ullmark is 19-8-7 this season with a .914 save percentage, nearly identical to his partner in the crease Jeremy Swayman.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning last took the ice on Sunday, wrapping up a California trip with a 3-2 overtime win at Anaheim. The victory was the first time since January 20 that the Lightning won a game when NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov didn’t find the scoresheet. Trade deadline acquisition Anthony Duclair opened the Lightning’s scoring Sunday and the always reliable Anthony Cirelli finished the job in overtime.

Tampa Bay’s been showing signs of being a contender this month. They’re known for getting hot at the right time, which led to three straight Stanley Cup Final appearances. But the pressure’s off the Lightning now and they’re quietly getting right back in the mix in the East. Although a win against Boston would deliver a statement — and Tampa Bay’s good for that.

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