New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 2 Betting Odds & Preview
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The weekend’s hockey betting odds are primed for the next round of postseason NHL matches. Most series will be holding Game 2 of the First Round of matches, helping bring some clarity to the current playoff landscape. Today we take a look at Game 2 of the New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning series. The Lightning jumped to an early lead after a dominant Game 1 performance. Will the 3 team teaser odds predict a similar turnout in Game 2?
New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Saturday, April 14th
When: 3:00 pm ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV
Hockey Betting Odds:
New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils punched this year’s playoff ticket by turning in a 44-29-9 regular season performance that lead to the final Wild Card berth of the Metropolitan Division. All in all, the Devils finished the year with 97-points, which ended up being just good enough to make the postseason. Unfortunately for the Devils, that Wild Card berth drew them against the second-winningest team in the NHL. Having to face the Lightning in the 1st round is certainly a bummer. And Game 1’s results prove just how outgunned the Devils are. As for Game 2, the hockey betting odds are likely to side against New Jersey once again.
Players to Watch: Taylor Hall (29 G, 54 A, 93 PTS), Nico Hischier (20 G, 32 A, 52 PTS), and Will Butcher (5 G, 39 A, 44 PTS).
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning turned in a highly successful 54-23-5 record to finish 1st in the Atlantic. Thanks to that performance, Tampa Bay is thought of as an unquestionable favorite to make the Stanley Cup Finals. Obviously the Lightning have to get through New Jersey first. But the way they handled themselves in Game 1 has many sportsbook bettors confident they’ll get the job done. Not only that, they’ll do so without breaking a sweat.
Players to Watch: Nikita Kucherov (39 G, 61 A, 100 PTS), Steven Stamkos (27 G, 59 A, 86 PTS), and Brayden Point (32 G, 54 A, 66 PTS).
New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions
New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Picks
So which team should online sportsbook betting players favor in this weekend’s New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning matchup? Judging by how Tampa Bay fared in Game 1, it’s pretty clear that bettors should lean towards the Lightning. New Jersey will likely deliver a more competitive match, but the Lightning should be able to walk off the ice victorious. Sign up now to make this NHL postseason prediction!
Score Prediction: 4-2 Tampa Bay. The Devils put up a better fight this time around but Tampa Bay’s offense is still too much for them.