Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers / NHL – After Christmas break, the world's top hockey players continue to be the champions, so there will be a great number of matches in this round, and we have picked a match between Lightning and Philadelphia, two teams that are in different form. And while Tampa Bay players are playing great, Flyers are playing poorly and they already have quite a backlog for positions that lead in the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers begins 28.12.2018 at 01:30 CET
Tampa Bay Lightning
Thanks to the brilliant results in the past month, the team of Lightning has won the first place in the East Conference and they currently have six points more than the second Toronto. Their series of great results began at the end of last month when they defeated Buffalo at home. They have made seven wins in seven matches, and they ended their positive series with a defeat from Winnipeg after extensions. Even though Lightning has played great in this match, their defence was not up to the task and they were eventually defeated with a score of 5:4.
However, this defeat did not disturb Lightning game, which in the past three matches achieved the same number of victories. All three wins were recorded away, and their strikers were in a very good mood in these matches. They first played against Vancouver with 2:5, then they were better than Calgary with a score of 4:5 after extensions, while they in the last round defeated Edmonton with 3:6 in the last round. Even though they were losing twice at the opening, the guest players eventually made a safe and convincing victory. After four guest matches, they are now returning to their hall where they have not lost in five games.
Philadelphia will have a difficult task in this round because they are playing against a team that has only lost four times in their hall in 19 matches. On the other hand, Flyers have only celebrated once in the last five matches outside of their hall, when they defeated the Rangers after the break. Previously, they have experienced four defeats from Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. In these four matches they have received 28 goals and it is no surprise that they have one of the worst defences in the Eastern Conference.
They are currently in the 14th position and have only three points more than the last Devils. They have eight points less than the eighth Penguins and if they do not drastically improve their game, they will hardly be able to play. After four defeats, the team of Philadelphia has repaired their game in the last four rounds and made three victories. They defeated Detroit and Nashville at home, while they were better than New York Rangers as guests. Even though they have repaired their form recently, the Flyers are not given a lot of chances in the upcoming duel.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers PICK
Lightning was not defeated for exactly a month in their hall, which makes them big favourites in this game. The guests will be further weakened by the absence of four players due to injury, and therefore we believe that the home team will secure a safe win and thus continue their positive series. Everything but a host victory would be a great surprise in this match.
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning wins
Odds: 1.76 at betsson (down to 1.70 can be played)
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