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Hockey Gambling - Boston at Tampa Bay

Hockey gambling excitement is high for the Boston Bruins as they look like a solid post season contender that can bring value with the hockey odds.
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Hockey gambling skepticism is still high for the Tampa Bay Lightning despite a better than expected start with the hockey odds as they are rebuilding for the future.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Boston Bruins tonight with a telecast on Versus.  Faceoff is set for 7:30 PM ET.

The Boston Bruins have a record of 11-5-0-2 with the NHL odds and have gone over the total in just 5 of their 18 games so far this season.  Boston has enjoyed their best success on the road with a mark of 7-1 and has gone over the total in just 3 of those 8 road games.

The Bruins have shown tremendous balance so far as they rank 9th in goals scored and 1st in goals against.  The Bruins are coming off a 4-3 shootout home loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday which snapped a 3 game winning streak.  The Bruins are in 2nd place in the Northeast Division behind Montreal.

Right wing Nathan Horton leads the attack with 8 goals and 10 assists while left wing Milan Lucic has 10 goals and 7 assists.  Number one goaltender Tim Thomas has a record of 10-2 with a 1.49 goals against average.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a NHL betting record of 11-7-2-0 and are 4-2-1-0 at home.  The Lightning have gone under the total in 8 of their 20 games.  At home Tampa Bay has gone over the number 4 out of 7 times.  The Lightning are on a 3 game road winning streak and are coming off a 2-1 win at Buffalo.

Tampa Bay is a strong offensive team that ranks 6th in the NHL for scoring while the defense is 25th for goals against.  Center Steven Stamkos has been phenomenal with 19 goals and 16 assists while right wing Martin St. Louis has 8 goals and 19 assists.  Dan Ellis and Mike Smith are splitting time at goaltender.

Ellis has a 2.81 goals against average while Smith has a 3.39 goals against average.  The Lightning are in 2nd place in the Southeast Division behind Washington.

Boston has won 15 of their last 21 hockey gambling matchups with Tampa Bay including 7 of their last 10 road games in the series.