Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 1 Pick - Betting Odds and Predictions

April 28, 3:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Boston +125/Tampa Bay -145

It took the Bruins the full seven games to get past Toronto in the opening round of the playoffs capped off by a thrilling 7-4 victory in Game 7 as -170 home favorites. Boston built a 3-1 series lead with a pair of wins at home followed by a split on the road, but it made things interesting with back-to-back losses in Game 5 and 6.

The total went OVER or ended as a PUSH in five of the seven games with the Bruins averaging four goals a game. Left winger David Pastrnak tallied five goals, and eight assists in that series and goalie Tuukka Rask posted a goals-against average of 2.94.

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Tampa Bay had the best record in the Eastern Conference in the regular season to secure the top seed with 113 points, but that was just one point more than the Bruins. The Lightning drew New Jersey in the opening round and made reasonably short work of the Devils in a 4-1 series victory. The lone loss was a 5-2 pasting on the road in Game 3 as -137 favorite.

The Lightning outscored New Jersey by a combined score of 16-7 in the four games they won to live up to their lofty standing as the highest scoring team in the NHL this season. Right winger Nikita Kucherov had the hot hand with five goals and five assists in five games. Andrei Vasilevskiy went the distance in goal to post a GAA of 2.01.

Boston at Tampa Bay Betting Trends

  • Boston is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 road games.
  • The Bruins are 4-1 straight up in their last 5 games against the Lightening.
  • The game total has gone under in 4 of Boston’s last 6 road games in Tampa Bay.
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games.
  • The Lightening are 1-4 straight up in their last 5 games against Boston.

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Boston at Tampa Bay Game 1 Prediction 04/28/2018

The wear and tear on Boston heading into Saturday’s series opener is a big concern against the well-rested Lightning. My lean is towards Tampa Bay in Game 1, but I am going with the OVER on six goals as my ‘best bet’ pick.

Free Pick: 
Take the Over 6
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