The NHL is set up with another great slate of action throughout December 2. Ten games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these matchups will be between the St. Louis Blues and the Tampa Bay Lightning. These two teams have been strong early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
St. Louis has earned a record of 11-7-3 to start out this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Central division. The Blues have won two games in a row and will look to stay hot in this one. St. Louis is four points behind the top seeded Minnesota Wild. The Blues will look to come out fast on the road in this one.
The Lightning have put up a record of 12-5-4 to open up the season, which has them in third place of the Atlantic division. Tampa Bay is coming off back to back losses and will look to turn it around in this one. The Lightning are five points out of the top spot in the division. Tampa Bay will look to come out fast at home on Thursday night.
These two teams have been strong early in the season and will look for another pivotal win in this one. The Blues are coming into this game on a small winning streak, while Tampa Bay has lost their last two games. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the important two points.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|St. Louis Blues||+1 ½ (-190)||+133||Over 5 ½ (-103)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-1 ½ (+165)||-147||Under 5 ½ (-107)|
|Team Data||St. Louis Blues||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Away/ Home Record||5-4-2||7-3-2|
|Goals Per Game||3.32||3.10|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||2.91||3.00|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.902||.914|
St. Louis Blues
- 1-2 after a non-Conference game
- 4-4 after scoring four or more goals in previous game
- 2-2 in non-Conference game
- 6-3 against team with winning record
Tampa Bay Lightning
- 2-3 after a non-Conference game
- 3-3 in non-Conference game
- 5-3 after allowing four goals or more
- 6-5 against team with winning record
These two teams met up on November 30 in St. Louis. Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist, while Taylor Raddysh had two assists as the Lightning jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Ryan O’Reilly, Logan Brown and Ivan Barbashev all scored a goal as St. Louis came back to tie it up. O’Reilly scored the winner in a shootout as the Blues won 4-3.
We'll see you back at home on Thursday.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 1, 2021
The Blues have been strong on special teams early in the season. St. Louis has scored on 18 of their 61 power play attempts, which is a 29.5 percent power play. The Blues have killed off 48 of their opponents 60 power play chances, which is an 80 percent kill rate. St. Louis is 2nd on the man advantage and 20th on the penalty kill.
Tampa Bay has been solid on special teams so far this season. The Lightning have capitalized on 12 of their 63 power play opportunities, which is a 19.1 percent success rate. Tampa Bay has given up 9 power play goals on 65 penalties against, which is an 86.2 percent penalty kill. The Lightning are 14th on the power play and 8th on the kill.
These two teams have been strong on special teams and will look for the edge on Thursday night. St. Louis has the better power play, but the Lightning have the better penalty kill. Both teams had a power play goal in Tuesday night’s tilt. If either team can score a power play goal or two, it could be enough for the win.
Jordan Binnington will likely get the start in the crease for St. Louis in this one. Binnington has earned a record of 8-5-3 throughout his 16 starts on the season. He has posted a .912 save percentage and a GAA of 2.80. Binnington finished with 30 saves on 33 shots in his last win against the Lightning on Tuesday night.
I expect Andrei Vasilevskiy to get the nod in net for the Lightning on Thursday night. Vasilevskiy has started in 17 games this season, going 10-4-3. He has put up a save percentage of .926 and a 2.15 GAA in his starts. Vasilevskiy’s last start was against the Minnesota Wild. He stopped 33 of 36 shots in the losing effort.
These two goalies have been strong early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. Vasilevskiy will look to grab a big win in this one as he has had the better start. Binnington had a rough start to Tuesday’s win, but finished that game strong. Tampa Bay will look to break through on Binnington more consistently in this game.
The Blues earned a big win against Tampa Bay in the last meeting after falling down 3-0. I think that the Lightning will bounce back with a win in this one. Tampa Bay has the better goalie in this one and I expect their power play to step up in this one. If the Lightning can come out fast on Thursday, I like their chances to win.
BetOnline has Tampa Bay listed as a -146 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Lightning will win this game around 59.5 percent of the time. I think that this line could be even bigger with Tampa Bay at home. Even as favorites in this one, I think that the Lightning will earn a big win in their rematch against St. Louis.