Tampa Bay Lightning (14-5-4) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (8-9-4)
December 5, 2021 at 18.00 EDT
Line: Philadelphia Flyers +110 / Tampa Bay Lightning -130; Over / Under: -5.5
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers meet in NHL action from the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this fight to build on a 3-2 overtime win over Boston from Saturday. Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning in scoring with 26 points, including a hold-high 12 goals along with 14 assists, while Alex Killorn has 20 points with 8 goals and 12 assists, and Victor Hedman also has 23 points with a team-high 18 assists. season. Andreil Vaslievskiy has seen the bulk of the workload between the pipes for Tampa Bay this season and has posted a record of 12-4-3 with a 2.13 GAA and a 0.927 saving percentage on the year.
The Philadelphia Flyers could use a win to get a big losing streak after a 4-1 loss to the Rangers last time. Claude Giroux leads the Flyers in scoring with team highs of 7 goals and 11 assists as part of his 16 points this season. Sean Couturier has 14 points with 5 goals and 9 assists, while Cam Atkinson has 7 own goals with a team-high +9 plus / minus, and Joel Farabee has 7 own goals this season. Carter Hart has gone 5-5-3 with a 2.70 GAA and a .919 save percentage in the Flyers goal, while Martin Jones has 3-3-1 with a 2.87 GAA and a .921 save percentage this season.
Tampa Bay is 110-53 in their last 163 games overall and 8-3 in their last 11 Sunday games, while overtime is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Philadelphia are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 home games, while under are 7-1 in their last 8 games after a loss of 3 or more goals.
The Flyers may be at home in this one, but I still do not trust Philadelphia as far as I can throw them, and the Flyers just took on the same Lightning team a few weeks ago and were shut out. The argument could be made that the loss could fire the Flyers up here, but I think the Bolts are just the far better team here and the Flyers will not be able to make up for that shortcoming. Give me the lightning here.
Chris Ruffolo’s free choice:
Tampa Bay -130