Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Feb 1): Lightning vs Flames Prediction
The NHL has picked up since the All-Star break. As we enter the final stretch of the season, some teams are going to be making a last push, while others toss in the towel on the season. My picks for tonight is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus picks instead of paying.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames Predictions
The Lightning enters Thursday night as the number one team in the NHL. Tampa Bay has gone 34-13-3 this season. The Lightning just finished hosting the All-Star game and are looking to carry some momentum with them as they have three more games on the road. The Lightning is in the middle of an eight-game road trip right now.
The Flames have gone 25-17-8 this season. Calgary is in fifth place of the Pacific Division. Calgary has lost five games in a row, four of those losses have been in a shootout or overtime. Calgary is only one point behind the Los Angeles Kings who are in second place of the Pacific Division.
Tampa Bay and Calgary met once earlier in the season. The game was held in Tampa Bay back on January 11. Calgary dominated the game. They finished with a 5-1 victory. Micheal Ferland, Johnny Gaudreau, and Mark Jankowski each scored a goal and added an assist. Mike Smith stopped thirty-four of thirty-three shots. Andrei Vasilevskiy had an off game. He allowed five goals on twenty-four shots.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to be in net for the Lightning. Vasilevskiy leads the NHL in shutouts with seven. He has a save percentage of .931 and a GAA of 2.18. Vasilevskiy struggled last game against the Flames, but I expect him to rebound on Thursday night. Mike Smith was a late addition to the All-Star game. Smith is expected to play in net for the Flames. He has a save percentage of .925 and a 2.41 GAA. Mike Smith was able to shut down the Lightning’s powerful offense last game, but doing it a second time will be even harder.
Tampa Bay Lightning (-108) at Calgary Flames (-102)
Johnny Gaudreau is the point leader for Calgary this season. Gaudreau has fifteen goals and fifty-six total points. Sean Monahan is second on the team in points and first in goals. Monahan has scored twenty-two goals and added twenty-one assists. Matthew Tkachuk has thirty-five points, which puts him third on the team.
Tampa Bay’s point leader is Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov has scored twenty-seven goals and has sixty-four points. Steven Stamkos has fifty-eight points, which puts him second on the team. Brayden Point has forty-five points. The Lightning and Flames are evenly matched with their starting goalies, but Tampa Bay has more firepower. The Lightning is only slightly favored in the matchup, which I believe is wrong. I believe the Lightning should be bigger favorites. Tampa Bay lost last game and I do not believe they will lose twice in a row.