Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates his goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
The Tampa Bay Lightning are road underdogs against the Boston Bruins on December 4th, 2021
The Lightning have registered at least a point in seven of nine road games this season
Read below for Lightning vs Bruins odds, betting analysis and best bet
Two Eastern Conference heavyweights meet at TD Garden in Boston on Saturday, December 4th as the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Bruins at 7 pm ET with Tampa listed as +100 home road underdogs in the Lightning vs Bruins NHL odds.
Both teams have been up and down of late as Tampa has been dealing with injuries to key players up front and Boston struggling to find their footing and sitting fifth in the Atlantic Division.
Tampa still sits as one of the top-5 favorites if you look at the Stanley Cup odds, while Boston sits just outside the top 10.
Let’s take a look at the Lightning vs Bruins odds and lines and offer you SBD’s NHL best pick.
Lightning vs Bruins Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning
O 5.5 (+105)
December 4th, 2021
U 5.5 (-125)
Odds as of December 3rd at DraftKings
Tampa Still a Good Bet Despite Major Injuries
The Lightning continue to win despite missing their two best players up front, with Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point both dealing with fairly significant injuries. Tampa has a 4-1-1 record since Point joined Kucherov in the infirmary.
A lot of that success is because of the stellar play of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has registered two shutouts during that run, and remains the favorite in the Vezina Trophy odds, although a few others netminders are closing the gap.
Andrei Vasilevskiy secured career win No. 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ with his 28th career shutout. Since debuting in 2014-15, Marc-Andre Fleury (40) is the only active goaltender with more.#NHLStats: https://t.co/3nXcGz3Zq9 pic.twitter.com/F9trJWGIQ8
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 27, 2021
Bruins Roll On Without Marchand
Boston will be without scoring leader Brad Marchand. The Bruins’ super pest is serving a three-game suspension for slew-footing Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. That act came just one game after Marchand riled up Rangers’ superstar Artemi Panarin.
Artemi Panarin threw his glove at Brad Marchand 😂🍿 pic.twitter.com/xzIrEY4cNn
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 26, 2021
It looks as though the Bruins offense has gone missing without their star winger as they’ve scored just three goals in the two games they’ve played since his suspension.
2022 NHL Divisional Odds Tracker
Lightning Good Bet as Road Underdog
For two teams that have been very evenly matched over the last few years, Tampa has surprisingly owned the Bruins in Boston with a 6-0 record in their last six games in Beantown. They’re 6-2 overall in their last eight meeting against the Bruins.
Lightning vs Bruins Recent Results
TB 3 – BOS 2 (OT)
BOS 1 – TB 3
BOS 1 – TB 7
TB 4 – BOS 3 (OT)
TB 2- BOS 3
With Superstars Sidelined, Where Will Goals Come From?
One of Kucherov or Point have led the Lightning in scoring for the last six seasons and the Bruins Perfection Line is less than perfect when Marchand isn’t on Bergeron’s wing.
These teams have also scored under 5.5 goals in four of their last six meetings against each other. Without Marchand, Boston lost 2-1 to Detroit before shutting out Nashville for a 2-0 victory on Thursday, so in both games without their feisty forward, goals have been really hard to come by.
Lightning vs Bruins Pick
Games between these two high-end squads are always tough battles, although Tampa’s perfect 6-0 record in their last six games in Boston was a bit of a shocking stat.
Still, I’m more certain this will be a low-scoring affair than I am that the Lightning will win a seventh in row on Boston’s home ice.
The under is 11-3-1 in Tampa’s last 15 games as a road underdog, and I think that is the best pick in the NHL odds when you look at this matchup.
Pick: Under 5.5 (-125)