Face-off: 1900 ET, 16/12/2021
Venue: Amalie Arena
Ottawa belied big odds to thrash Tampa Bay in Canada last weekend and then produced an even greater upset with a spectacular success in Florida.
It is hard to believe the Senators can keep up this pace, but they should have their moments in a quick rematch with the Lightning.
We’re going with 3.1 for a home win and both teams to score at least twice in regular time in our Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators predictions.
Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
Tampa Bay bounced back from that 4-0 drubbing by edging out Los Angeles 3-2 in overtime to make it six wins from seven outings this month.
The Lightning are now joint-second with Florida in the Atlantic Division and both of those teams have games in hand over table toppers Toronto.
Mathieu Joseph netted with just 1.35 left on the cluck in the extra period to finally see off a stubborn Kings outfit.
The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions have come out on top in quite a lot of close contests this term, including going 7-4 in overtime tussles.
Head coach Jon Cooper said: “Getting some favourable results comes with a belief of winning games – and the guys believe they can win games.”
Tampa will be keen to avoid another late night here, though, so we like 6.25 they oblige by exactly two goals from the NHL odds.
Ottawa Senators Odds
Ottawa only won four of their first 20 matches this season but have since rattled off five victories in six outings.
Scraping past Carolina, Colorado and the New York Islanders was one thing, but the last two triumphs have been nothing short of sensational.
The Sens followed up their shutout of Tampa by romping to an 8-2 success on the road in Florida, where the Panthers were previously 14-1-0.
Josh Norris hit a double and there were six other scorers as Ottawa ran riot from a 2-2 stalemate late in the second period.
“There’s a real good feeling in that room right now but we have to make sure we stay on the pedal,” declared head coach DJ Smith.
The only concern with that freak result is that Florida were coming off a tough trip back from Colorado.
We reckon the percentage pick here remains 2.3 for a home win and over 5.5 goals in the game for our NHL predictions.
TAMPA BAY 3-2 Los Angeles (OT)
Florida 2-8 OTTAWA
Head-to-head: Ottawa 4-0 Tampa Bay, Ottawa 3-5 Tampa Bay, Ottawa 3-5 Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay 4-3 Ottawa
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