Tampa vs Minnesota: prediction for the NHL fixture
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning lost their last match to New Jersey (2:5), thus interrupting the winning streak that had reached three games. Tampa's goalie Vasilevski wasn't as reliable as he usually is.
Before that defeat, Tampa recorded two victories outside regulation against Florida (3:2 ОТ) and Philadelphia (4:3 SO). Despite this recent dip in form, Tampa still look powerful and will try to bounce back in the home game against the Wild.
Minnesota played two contrasting games at home. In the first match, they were crushed by San Jose (1:4); the Wild's goalie Talbot had a terrible game and saved only 80% of the shots. But in the following fixture, the Wild devastated Dallas with a score of 7:2, and Kaprizov was excellent, having scored a goal and given three assists.
The away game against Florida was close, but the Wild yielded in regulation with a score of 4:5. Now Minnesota hope to get back on the winning track at Tampa Bay.
In 4 out of 5 head-to-head games, the teams scored in each period.
In 4 out of 5 head-to-head games, the teams scored more than 1 goal in the last period.
Minnesota have a chance of winning the upcoming fight, but the team is too inconsistent. Tampa will enjoy home advantage and definitely will strive to redeem themselves for the defeat in the previous fixture. We think that the hosts will eke a win here.
Our prediction - Tampa to win
Both sides prefer open hockey to sitting on the defensive, so we expect to see multiple attacks and scoring chances in the upcoming game. The teams should be able to overcome the total of 5.5 goals.
Second bet - total over 5.5 goals