Detroit Red Wings versus Tampa Bay Lightning Pick Prediction NHL Pro Hockey Playoff Game 1 Betting Lines Odds Preview 4-16-2015

The Detroit Red Wings are headed to the road to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of an NHL pro hockey playoff game scheduled for Thursday April 16th.

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Play begins from Tampa Bay at 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CNBC.

The wagering odds from Game 1 has the home side Tampa Bay Lightning the -175 favorite with the return on the road underdog Detroit Red Wings at +155 odds. The goal total is lined at 5 1/2.

The teams battled four times during the regular season with Tampa Bay winning three of the four games. The two games held in Tampa Bay were won by the Lightning by scores of 3-1 and 5-1.

Detroit finished in third place in the Atlantic Division. They lost five of eight to close the regular season. The Red Wings were second best in the NHL on the power play scoring 23.8% of the time. Getting the start in net is Petr Mrazek. The Red Wings goalie finished with a regular season mark of 16-9-2 with a goal against average of 2.38.

Tampa Bay was off to a fast start to the regular season and seemed headed for the best record in hockey. A second half slump moved the team to second place in the Atlantic division. They closed winners of three straight games. The Lightning is the top scoring team in the league as they average 3.2 goals per game. Goalie Ben Bishop led the club with a mark of 40-13-5 with a goal against average of 2.32.

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