In today’s betting guide, the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Boston Bruins in a battle for third, while the Florida Panthers look to beat up on the Buffalo Sabres again.
Tampa Bay Lightning (-160) vs Boston Bruins (+135)
The Bruins are a really good underdog in this one as long as David Pastrnak returns to the lineup. He was out last game and they lost 5-3 to the Detroit Red Wings. In general, the Bruins have been playing very well winning three of the past four and seven of nine. During that span, they also defeated the Lightning 3-2, marking the second time they topped the defending champions this season. The Bruins’ record this season against them is 2-0-1.
The Lightning shouldn’t be too favoured in this one considering they are struggling and it’s very known. They just lost their third consecutive game for the third time within the past 15 games. The Bruins have taken over their third spot in the division but they are tied in wins and games played. This is an important battle for third place and it’s important they hold a divisional spot considering the Toronto Maple Leafs are an easier first-round knockout than the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Lightning has been struggling on the back-end to prevent goals, while both teams in this game can score. Take the over (O6, +100) along with the Bruins for the great odds.
Florida Panthers (-450) vs Buffalo Sabres (+340)
The Panthers are heavily favoured in this one after the Sabres played last night and the Panthers are at home. With two four-goal comebacks recently this season, they have talked about needing to start games better. I think you will see that in this one against a backup goalie in for the Sabres.
The top line of Jeff Skinner, Alex Tuch, and Tage Thompson has been playing very well, but it’s no match for the depth and scoring ability the Panthers have throughout their lineup. The Sabres are 3-2-3 in their past eight, so it’s clear they are keeping games close but unable to close games out. The Panthers on the other hand have won five games in a row and six in a row on home ice. They have beaten up the Sabres all three times they’ve matched up this season by scores of 5-3, 6-1, and 7-4. It’s very likely this game hits the over (O7, -105) as well, so include that along with the Panthers on the moneyline or puckline, whatever you’re feeling.
Odds via Yahoo and BetMGM.