Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Dec 19): Lightning vs Golden Knights Prediction
Tuesday night brings plenty of NHL action. Twenty teams will play on Tuesday night. With ten games on, there will be loads of excitement for all NHL fans. Here are my best bets for December 19. Odds can be found at BetOnline. 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 betting picks for tonight.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction
The Lightning are the best team in the NHL as of now. Tampa Bay is 24-6-2 on the season. Tampa Bay has won seven straight games. Vegas has won six of their last seven games. The Golden Knights are 21-9-2 this season. The Golden Knights have been at their best at home. Vegas is 13-2-1 at home.
The Lightning has been one of the league’s most electric teams, pun intended. Tampa Bay hit the ground running this season and they have been almost impossible to stop. The Lightning missed the playoffs last season, but they seem to be on track to make the postseason this time around. Vegas has been breaking records constantly as the best expansion team. The Golden Knights sit on top of the Pacific Division. This game will be a great test for both teams.
Tampa Bay has the top two players in the NHL in points. Nikita Kucherov leads the league in points with forty-six, he is also tied for the league lead in goals with twenty-three. Steven Stamkos is second in the league with forty-three points. Stamkos has scored twelve times. Brayden Point has thirty-one points on the season, which puts him third on the team. Six other players on the Lightning have surpassed the twenty-point mark.
Vegas has been able to be successful offensively because of their depth. Marchessault leads the team with twenty-nine points on the season. William Karlsson has fifteen goals and twelve assists. Karlsson is second on the team in points. James Neal has scored a team-high sixteen goals. Reilly Smith, David Perron and Erik Haula have all reached the twenty-point mark on the season as well. Vegas does not have the same firepower as the Lightning, but the Golden Knights like to switch around the lineup. This allows them to create mismatches on the bottom lines. Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to start for Tampa Bay. Vasilevskiy has been great all season for the Lightning. He has posted a .934 save percentage and a GAA of 2.11. Vasilevskiy is 21-4-1 for the Lightning this season.
Tampa Bay Lightning (-124) at Vegas Golden Knights (+112)
Marc-Andre Fleury was the biggest name that the Golden Knights got in the expansion draft. Fleury has missed most of the season due to injury, but is back now and playing great. Fleury has only played in six games but has posted a .934 save percentage and 2.13 GAA.
The Lightning are a clear favorite in this game due to how well they have been playing. Tampa Bay has a -124 money line, which implies that they will win fifty-five percent of the time. Vegas has been so good at home that this seems wrong to me. The Golden Knights are a different team at home and the environment at the T-Mobile Arena has been unreal. As an underdog at home, I like the Golden Knights in this matchup.