Colorado visits Tampa Bay tonight with a 7:30 p.m. ET drop of the puck on Amalie Arena ice. The Lightning (19-6-2) own the largest point total (40) so far this 2017-18 NHL regular season while the Avalanche (12-12-2) come into the contest with one of the lowest point totals (26) in the league. NHL Free Pick to Click: Lightning -240 over Avalanche.

Colorado‘s Nathan MacKinnon has earned six points (three goals) in the past five games to increase his team-leading total to 31 while linemate Mikko Rantanen is next with 22. The Aves return captain Gabriel Landeskog (17) back after serving a four-game suspension. The Avalanche have been at their best this season with a man-advantage. The squad has scored six of their 10 goals in the last five games on the power plays.

Tampa Bay has proved to be the best of the league so far this season. Behind the play of Nikita Kucherov (team-high 19 goals), who leads the NHL with 40 points, the Lightning have been the most consistent skaters in either conference. Defenseman Jake Dotchin (undisclosed) could return to the ice while Braydon Coburn (lower-body) is questionable after missing the last two games.

Game Trends

  • Colorado is just 12-40 in their last 52 overall games as a visitor.
  • The Avalanche are 11-40 in their last 51 games when playing with one day of rest.
  • Avalanche are 0-4 in their last 4 road games when playing a team with a winning percentage of .601 or better.
  • Tampa Bay is 7-0 in their last 7 events against the Central Division.
  • The Lightning are 13-3 in their last 16 games on home ice.
  • Lightning are 10-3 in their last 13 games when playing with one day of rest.


**Lay the wood on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in what will be a rout of the Colorado Avalanche.

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