Vegas Golden Knights and Tampa Bay Lightning will face each other in Tuesday’s action of the NHL 2021-22 season. The hosts are enjoying an excellent form, and they want to keep up where they left off. The away side has also played very well lately, and they want to remain at the top of the division.
Vegas looks like a very serious post-season contender, and if they keep up the pace, we’ll see them in the battles for Stanley Cup. The home side is full of confidence, and they want to keep it that way. On the other hand, Tampa Bay keeps a high level of performance, and they are on the right track to enter the playoffs.
Vegas Golden Knights – Can they continue their winning streak?
The Golden Knights are on a hot run since they booked five straight wins. That streak launched them to the top of the Pacific Division, having a 20-11-0 record. The home side lost just once on the previous nine occasions, and they can likely stay in the top four if they continue in the same fashion. Vegas gets back home after four straight outings, where they’ve been perfect. They go to this one after beating the Islanders after the shootout, where Shea Theodore led them to the victory by scoring a brace.
Chandler Stephenson has contributed the most in the Golden Knights’ offense, having 30 points and a team-high 21 assists. Jonathan Marchessault is Vegas’ best scorer with 14 goals, while he has produced 21 points. Five other players chipped in with 20+ points, making the Golden Knights’ offense one of the best in the NHL. On the goal, Robin Lehner has spent most of the time between the pipes, having a .905 save percentage and allowing 3.04 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: Robin Lehner, Nicolas Hague, Alex Pietrangelo, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Chandler Stephenson
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Tampa Bay Lightning – Will they celebrate once again?
The Lightning can also be content with their recent performances, as the visitors celebrated seven times in the previous eight rounds. They still hold the pole position in the Atlantic Division with a 19-6-4 record. Tampa Bay was better than the Senators in the latest game, booking a narrow 2-1 win. Robin Lehner had an excellent display on the goal, having a .962 save percentage and conceding just once. The visitors had more time to prepare for this match, as their encounter against the Avalanche was postponed.
Steven Stamkos has been the most productive player for the Lightning with a total of 34 points, including a team-high 13 goals. Victor Hedman is Tampa Bay’s top assistant with 23, while he has 30 points. Alex Killorn has contributed with 24 points, while eight other skaters chipped in with 10+ points. On the other hand, Andrei Vasilevskiy has been Tampa Bay’s first-choice goalie with 23 appearances while having an excellent .928 save percentage and allowing only 2.10 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Jan Rutta, Victor Hedman, Alex Barre-Boulet, Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos
Expert Pick #1 – Over 5.5 @-130
The Over should be the main pick here, and I expect to see an attacking display from both teams. The Golden Knights have been involved in high-scoring matches five times on the previous seven occasions, and we should see at least six goals in this one.
Expert Pick #2 – Lightning to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @+115
We can rarely see the Lightning being an underdog, and on these occasions, I tend to back them on the plus money odds. Vegas has been very good at home, but Tampa Bay is a team that can beat anybody. Give me the Lightning as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Tampa Bay Lightning Over 3 @+105
Tampa Bay has been pretty productive this season, while the Golden Knights are not that tight in defense. The visitors could score at least three goals in this one, and I find this pick a good alternative for the two above.