Calgary vs Tampa Bay
I like here very much the road favorite. 1.88 at Pinnacle for Tampa Bay is something I can hardly skip on. In NHL clearly everyone can beat anyone at any time, so there is no such thing as safe favorite in any game even you see something like -200 odds. And everything is about odds, whether the line is worth of risk. Here I think odds on Tampa Bay worth a risk.
This team seem as struggling a little bit lately. But IMO it's more true they have been outstanding and now when go 3-3 in six games or 3-4 in seven (after this previous loss at Winnipeg Jets), for most it's seems like they are underperforming. But I don't agree exactly and this today's game IMO is great chance to Lightning show why they are still Conference leader. For me this will be bounce back for guests.
BTW, TB is great team in spots like this one, after the loss. The mentioned Winnipeg Jets game was their only 16th loss in the season and so far they went 11-4 in such situation "first game after the loss". So pretty good. After loss from the Jets, Tampa Bay will start today also with different goalie, it will be Andrei Vasilevskiy this time.
On the other side Calgary Flames are in pretty bad momentum. So, as much this is bet on Tampa Bay, it's also bet against Calgary. The host closed the first part of the season and went into All Star break with four straight losses. And then after All Star played here with Vegas so also conference leader. And what a loss that was. Really devastating. Namely the Flames were 2-1 up but then Vegas has scored twice practically in a minute and all that just before time expired. Plus another goal on empty net for final 2:4. So, after such tough loss and being now already in series of five straight defeats and facing another top opponent, it could be too much for Calgary.
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Calgary vs Tampa Bay prediction
|TB Lightning||Pinnacle||1.88||8||4-7 WON (+7.04 units)|