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Dan Hunter 13 Apr 2021
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Tampa Bay Lightning @ Nashville Predators Tips 


The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Nashville Predators in an NHL regular-season game on Wednesday, April 14. Both of these teams play in the Central Division, with Tampa top and Nashville fourth. This will be the eighth time the Lightning and the Predators face-off this season, with Tampa 6-1 up.

Despite such a negative record, Nashville go into this game as very much the form team, having lost just three of their last 15 games. By comparison, Tampa - rock solid for most of the season  - have displayed defensive frailties in recent weeks, and since late March their record is 4-5. Tampa have however won their last two matches, including a 3-0 win over Nashville on Sunday (April 11).

Despite such a negative head-to-head against Tampa in 2021, I’m backing Predators to pull off a major upset on Wednesday and defeat the Lightning in a thriller that will feature around eight goals with a score line something akin to 5-3.

  • Tampa top of NHL Central Division
  • Tampa 28-13 this season
  • Nashville fourth in NHL Central Division
  • Nashville 23-20 this season

Head to Head 


The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators have played each other 40 times, and right now results our split perfectly at 20-20. In three seasons since the start of 2018 the Predators and the Lightning have faced each other 13 times, with the score 8-5 to Tampa. Already this season they have met seven times, with Tampa leading 6-1. 

Tampa Bay Lightning Form 


The Tampa Bay Lightning are two-time Stanley Cup winners, in 2003-04 and 2019-20. Right now they are 2nd favorites to retain their title, having recently been eclipsed at the top of the NHL league by the Colorado Avalanche, the bookies’ new favorites. 

Tampa are still top of the NHL Central Division with 58 points from 41 games, and a record of 28 wins and 13 defeats. The Central Division is extremely competitive, especially at the top. For example, level in points with Tampa are the second placed Carolina Hurricanes, while third placed Florida Panthers are just two points behind them. Tampa go into Wednesday’s game having defeated Nashville on Sunday, the sixth time they have beaten them this season.

Nashville Predators Form 


Nashville spent most of the first three months of the season in the bottom two of the Central division, keeping the Detroit Red Wings company. It wasn’t until they defeated Tampa for the only time thus far this season on March 15 that Nashville’s fortunes began to change. 

Since that result, the Predators have won 12 matches and lost just three. After the conclusion of the regular season, the top 16 teams in the NHL will contest the playoffs. Right now Nashville are 14th. After losing for a sixth time to Tampa on Sunday, Nashville bounced back with a win over the Dallas Stars on Monday (April 12) albeit only by a 3-2 overtime shootout. 

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Verdict

The reigning Stanley Cup holders the Tampa Bay Lightning have largely been the best team in the NHL again this season, and they have winning records against several teams, none more so than the Nashville Predators whom they lead 6-1 in 2021.
 
Despite that, in recent weeks Nashville have emerged as solid playoff contenders, and go into this match in better overall shape than Tampa. I’ve a gut feeling that the Predators will win this game, and I’m backing them to upset Tampa and pull off a rare victory.
Best Bet: Nashville Winner @150.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Over 7.5 Total Goals @333.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Nashville -2.5 Point Spread @550.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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