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How To Bet On Lightning Devils – Showdown in New Jersey

Posted by Don Melrose on 2/5/2013 5:59:23 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning @ New Jersey Devils – Thursday February 7, 2013 7:00PM EST

Oh how an offseason can change things. The online betting experts remember how the Tampa Bay Lightning was struggling towards the end of last season and finally missed the playoffs. This is the same Tampa team that threatened to go to the Stanley Cup finals the season before. Things got off to a rock start for the Lightning in this shortened season, but the team eventually got back on track and now leads the Southeast Division and is threatening to run away with the division title. This is definitely a more determined team than last season.

The New Jersey Devils battled its way to the Stanley Cup finals last season based primarily on its defense. The sports betting experts were wondering if the New Jersey offense would ever spring to life in the playoffs, and it did for a brief moment. But it was not enough to overcome the Los Angeles Kings. The Devils have started off this shortened season by being a royal pain to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Atlantic Division. The problem with New Jersey is that it cannot seem to decide games in regulation, which was the same problem the team had last year.

Why the Lightning Will Win

If there is one thing that the Tampa Bay Lightning knows how to do really well it is score goals. Tampa is far and away the highest scoring team in the league, which is what makes this matchup so interesting. The sportsbook experts get to see if the high scoring Lightning can get past the defensively minded New Jersey Devils. Don’t forget that Tampa can also play defense and has some pretty good goaltending going on as well. In a shortened season, the Lightning is not the kind of team that anyone else wants to face.

Why the Devils Will Win

Goaltender Martin Brodeur keeps proving that he is ageless by constantly returning to the NHL and playing at a very high level. With Brodeur in goal, the Devils is one of the best defensive teams in the league. The problem is that New Jersey is, once again, having problems scoring goals. If New Jersey can slow this game down to its own grinding pace, then the Lightning will be out of its element. That is how New Jersey can win this game.

The Bottom Line

The New Jersey Devils really need to get its scoring ramped up if it wants to have a chance at defending its Eastern Conference crown this season. A decent scoring attack would also be helpful in combating a team like the Tampa Lightning, which has a tendency to draw in other teams and turn games into shootouts. The Devils would not win a shootout in this game, but that is where it is headed.

Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning

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