NHL Betting: Kraken vs Lightning & Devils vs Flames – 3/16/22

These two games each feature teams on opposite ends of the spectrum in the standings. Two teams are undoubtedly playoff-bound, while the other two will be sellers at the deadline and looking to continue adding pieces to create a contending team.

Moneyline: Seattle Kraken (+240) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (-300)

The Lightning snapped their three-game losing streak against the Vancouver Canucks on March 13, 2022. Andrei Vasilevskiy also finally got back to his usual self holding the Canucks to a single goal after losing his previous two starts and allowing three or more goals in four of his last five starts.

The Lightning will need more from their top-six forwards, as Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Anthony Cirelli, Alex Killorn, and Brayden Point have combined for one goal, one point, and a minus-15 rating. Against a very poor Seattle team, you can expect some, if not all of them to break out of that slump.

Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning
Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Even despite this game being the last of a long six-game road trip for the Lightning, the Kraken own a 10-17-3 record on home ice while sitting second-last in the league in goals for and allowing the third most goals against and averaging the second-highest shots on goal allowed per game. This is a perfect storm for a team struggling offensively to be able to break through, and if you’re feeling risky, you can take the Lightning on the point spread at -115 to win by two or more goals and get some bonus value.

Moneyline: Calgary Flames (-350) vs New Jersey Devils (+260)

The Flames are coming off a tough loss to the Colorado Avalanche in which they weren’t able to register a goal although they put forth a strong effort all around. Dan Vladar got the start in the last game so expect the Flames to turn back to Jacob Markstrom in the crease. Elias Lindholm and Johnny Gaudreau both had their eight-game point streaks snapped in the loss but will be hungry to get back on the scoresheet.

Elias Lindholm Calgary Flames
Elias Lindholm, Calgary Flames (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Flames are a powerhouse on home ice with an 18-5-5 record and any team coming into their building will have a tough task. To make matters worse for the Devils, they will be on the second half of a back-to-back set coming off a 6-3 loss to Vancouver. Daws was pulled in last night’s game and Gillies did not fair any better allowing two goals on 10 shots in relief. Gillies is expected to get the starts and if he does, he owns a 3-9-1 record with a 3.33 goals-against average and .885 save percentage, which could turn this game into a rout.

Similar to the Lightning game, if you’re looking for boosted odds, take the Flames on the point spread at -125 or parlay them with the other game in this article to multiply the odds on your bet slip.

Odds via Yahoo and BetMGM.

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