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Two of the NHL's top ten offenses clash tonight in Tampa Bay as the Las Vegas Golden Knights wrap up their 4 game road trip against the Lightning. Tone's Takes is here with their prediction and pick for Saturday night's NHL action.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights Prediction: Expect Plenty of Goals Tonight in Tampa

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Saturday, January 29

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: NHL NET

Puck Line: Lightning -1 (+145)

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights Prediction

The Knights are 1-1-1 on their current road trip thus far, picking up a 1-0 shutout win at Washington to open the trip, before dropping the next two games, a 4-3 OT loss to Carolina, and a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. However, Vegas did get an offensive boost on the road trip as two of their top offensive stats returned to the lineup - Mark Stone returned against Carolina, and Max Pacioretty returned against Florida. Vegas currently holds the top spot in the Pacific Division with a 25-16-3 record for 53 points. Vegas is a deep team that can roll four lines and gets scoring from many different players. Statistically, on offense, they are surprisingly led by Chandler Stephenson whose 26 assists and 38 points led the team. 

The Tampa Bay Lighting are, again, without Nikita Kuchervov who is in COVID protocol. Kuch has only played in 11 games this season, but that hasn't slowed down Tampa Bay. The Bolts are 2nd in the Atlantic, with a record of 29-10-5 for 63 points. The Lighting are coming off a 3-2 home win vs New Jersey, which was their first game home from a successful West Coast road trip. Tampa, like Vegas, can also roll all four lines and get scoring from anyone in the lineup. Steven Stamkos has stepped up in Kucherov's absence. Stammer leads Tamps with 20 goals and 51 points, his 8 power play goals also lead the team by far.

Overall, the Golden Knights are averaging 3.34 goals per game, which is the 8th most in the league. Their power play has been average at best as they are ranked 16th at 20%. Five on Five, however, the Knights have scored 102 goals, which is 3rd most in the league. Vegas is also 4th in the league with 569 high danger scoring chances and they have given up the most high danger chances in the league at 575. The Knights are also averaging 3.00 goals against per game, and their penalty kill has been below average as it is ranked 19th. On the road, the Knights are averaging 3.37 goals per game and 2.89 goals against, where overs are 11-7-1 on the season.

Tampa Bay is averaging 3.41 goals per game this year, which is the 6th most in the league. Their power play is 14th at 20%. Five on Five, the Bolts are 9th in goals at 96. Tampa also generates scoring chances as their 592 high danger scoring chances rank 3rd in the league. Tampa Bay is allowing an average of 2.77 goals per game, which is the 13th least in the league. Their penalty kill has also been average, as it sits at 80%. At home, Tampa averages 3.14 goals per game and is allowing 2.41, where their overs are 7-12-3. These teams matched up before the COVID break in Vegas, a game that saw the Bolts win 4-3. I think we see a similar type of game tonight in Tampa Bay.

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tone has been handicapping the four major sports for over twenty years. An NHL enthusiast, Tone’s expertise lies on the ice. He’s excelled and profited finding the right angles on NHL games, particularly with player props, game props, and game totals. A contributor to several gaming sites, you can follow him on Twitter @TonesTakes.


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