Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick
The Lightning continued their scoring barrage last night, as they put up 5 goals for the third straight game. They had 5-4 wins over the Sabres and Panthers before the defence helped out to make it a blowout, 5-1, last night in New Jersey. There are just far too many weapons on Tampa for teams to contain. It doesn’t matter too much if one or two superstars have an off night, because the other three are right there to pick up the work.
Lately everyone has been getting in on the fun and it’s resulted in some big numbers offensively. If the Bolts go with Pasquale, they will have a guy making his first ever start. With Syracuse this season, Pasquale has a 2.98 GAA and 0.90 save percentage. The Lightning have just never had a spot for him on the NHL roster with Ben Bishop and then Vasilevskiy as mainstays between the pipes.
Detroit was awful on the offensive end to open the first month of the season, but they’ve since bounced back to put up respectable numbers. They’ve scored 2.9 goals per game in their last ten outings and 2.87 goals at home in Detroit. Not great, but they should be able to make something out of a matchup that will involve a tired Domingue or a goaltender that has been around nearly a decade and just making his debut in the big leagues.
Can the Red Wings slow down the Lightning, though? That’s tough to ask against a team who are almost averaging 4 goals per game this season. In their last ten games, it’s been over ten goals with a 4.4 average per game. Last night left a dirty taste in my mouth, but I think we will get at least one more goal on the board tonight in Detroit.