(49) Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia (50)
PICK: 888sport @ TB (-162)
DATE: February 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM
STAR RATING: 10.0
EXPERT: Will Rogers
EVALUATION: Win (1000)
The set-up: The Lightning killed the Blue Jackets 5-1 last night and I think they’ll carry that momentum over here in the second game of the back-to-back. The Flyers enter off a 3-1 road win in Detroit. Note that Tampa was just 1:45 away from posting its third straight shutout last night. Tampa is expected to start Louis Domingue in net tonight and he’s 18-4 with a 2.90 GAA on the year. The Lightning are now 20-8 on the road, averaging 3.50 goals and allowing 2.93 in those contests. The Flyers have won 11 of their last 13, but they’re still six points out of the eighth spot in the East. Philly is still only 15-15 at home, averaging 3.00 goals and allowing 3.13 in those games.
The pick: Take it for what you will as well, but Tampa is 19-6 (+6 units) this year vs. teams with losing records, while Philadelphia is just 4-9 (-5.3 units) after a win by two goals or more. The Bolts coasted down the stretch last night and I think they enter this one “fresher” that most would expect. Lay the price, expect a rout.