Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Devils versus the Lightning? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. This Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 6.5 goals, and the Lightning are favored to win at home vs. the Devils.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING BETTING PICK

The Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

This game will be played at Amalie Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 11th.

WHY BET THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING:

  • In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Devils winning this one 4-3.
  • We like the Devils on the moneyline (+120)
  • The Devils are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will New Jersey Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

Through 38 games, the Devils are 21-15-2 and sit 9th in the Eastern Conference standings. In the Metropolitan Division, New Jersey is in 5th place. On the road, the Devils have gone 12-6-0 this season.

Over their last ten games, the Devils are 5-5, and they have won two of their last three games. As the underdog this season, New Jersey has gone 2-5-0 and enters the game on a three-game losing streak when not favored.

On the road, the Devils have a puck line record of 9-9 this season, and they have gone 3-2 against the puck line in their last five games. So far, New Jersey has been the underdog in 22 of their 33 games and has an overall puck line record of 11-27.

Overall, the Devils have been outscored by an average of .4 goals per game on the road, and 13 of their 27 losses have come by more than one goal. In their last three road games, New Jersey has gone 2-1 against the puck line.

The average goal total for New Jersey's games is sitting at 7.1. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Devils come in with an over/under record of 24-13-1.

In their last three road games, New Jersey has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 3. The team's record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.

Offensively, the Devils come into the game at 3.6 goals per contest placing 9th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 19th position in the league. The Devils went 16-7 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 5-7.

New Jersey's leading goal scorer is Tyler Toffoli. So far this season, he has 16 goals, placing him 36th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 12 assists so far.

Defensively, the Lightning come into the season ranked 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Tampa Bay. For the season, they are ranked 5th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Tampa Bay, goalie Vitek Vanecek has started 22 games in this season. His current record is 14-7, and his save percentage stands at 0.757%.

Can the Lightning Pull Off a Home Win?

At home this season, the Lightning have gone 12-5-3, and they are on a two-game winning streak in their own building. In the Atlantic Division, Tampa Bay is in fourth place with a record of 4-7. Overall, the Lightning have gone 20-17-5 this year, and they are 8th in the Eastern Conference with 45 points.

Over their last ten games, the Lightning have gone 6-4, and they have won two straight games when favored. This year, Tampa Bay has been favored in 21 of their 42 games, and they have gone 12-8-1 in those matchups. Against other Eastern Conference teams, the Lightning have gone 8-11.

At home, Tampa Bay has a puck line record of 12-8, and their average scoring margin at home is +.6 goals per game. So far, they have been favored in 21 games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 7-14. Overall, the Lightning have 13 wins by multiple goals.

Over their last ten home games, Tampa Bay has gone 6-4 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin at home is +.6 goals per game. In their last ten games, the Lightning's puck line record is 4-6.

Games involving Tampa Bay have an average of 6.7 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.5. In terms of their over/under performance, the Lightning come in with a record of 18-20-4.

Across their last three road contests, New Jersey has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 4 goals per game.

On offense, the Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game which is 6th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 11th in the league. The Tampa Bay offense is ranked 3rd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 31st in the NHL.

Tampa Bay's leading scorer is Nikita Kucherov. So far, he has 28 goals which is 3rd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Kucherov has 39 assists this season.

Tampa Bay defense takes on the Devils ranked 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They also are 5th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. New Jersey, goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has started 19 games in this season. His current record is 10-9, and his save percentage stands at 0.66%.