Betting NHL expectations are beginning to grow for Tampa Bay as they continued to lead the Southeast Division standings and contend for home ice advantage for the NHL online betting post season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday with a telecast set to begin at 3 PM ET on NBC. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this nationally televised inter-conference matchup so be sure to open your account for action.
St. Louis continues to struggle to gain momentum with the hockey odds as their quest to become a legitimate playoff team has not been realized despite several years of rebuilding. The Blues had a record of just 22-20-3-4 and won just 7 out of 23 road games.
The Blues were in the bottom half of the NHL for both offense and defense and ranked a poor 26th on the power play. The Blues have been in terrible form as of late with just 2 payouts in 10 games from January 8 through January 26.
Tampa Bay was picked to finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference in the preseason picks but instead has enjoyed a remarkable turnaround under the leadership of new general manager Steve Yzerman, who learned how to win with the Detroit Red Wings both as a hall of fame player and then in the front office.
Tampa Bay was ahead of the heavily favored Washington Capitals in the Southeast Division with a mark of 31-15-3-2 including a home record of 16-4-1-1 with the hockey gambling odds. Steven Stamkos emerged as a superstar with a team best 67 points as Tampa bay ranked 9th in the NHKL for scoring but just 22nd for goals against.
This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams. St. Louis has gotten the money in just 3 of their last 9 matchups against the Lightning as the series has gone over the total in 5 straight games. The Blues have paid out in just 1 of their last 5 visits to Tampa Bay with 3 of the last 4 meetings between the teams in Florida going over the betting NHL total.