Lightning vs Sharks Prediction, Preview, Broadcast, Odds & Picks

Lightning, sharks each looking for a spark

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Eastern Conference last season and the Stanley Cup the year before, but they watched far from like the Cup contenders to launch the 2022-23 campaign.

They are only 4-4.

As for the San Jose Sharks, they lost their first five games before finally having wind under them. They have since won three of their last five games and are looking to get closer to .500 by eliminating the Lightning.

Which of these two teams is the best online bet in terms of NHL betting odds at this location?

Let’s check the latest NHL oddsstatistics, injury reports and NHL Lines for Lightning against sharks. We have a lot of NHL betting odds it’s up to you to consider.

Lightning’s Offense unable to start

Tampa Bay has a lot of talent and experience on its team, but those betting online might be wary of this team right now. They are expensive to bet in sportsbook and they seem a bit freewheeling.

With all their weapons Flash tied for 22nd in goals scored per game at 3.00. With so many stars like Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, Braden Point and others, they need more production.

Kuchverov leads the team in assists and points, while Stamkos himself has scored seven goals. Fortunately, their goalkeeper is still solid.

Andrei Vasilevskiy is 2-3-0, but has a .914 save percentage and a 2.84 goals-against average. Even their backup Brian Elliott is 2-1-0 this year with a .900 save percentage and a 3.35 goals-against average.

They get respectable play from those two goalies to win games, they just have to step it up offensively.

Tale of two guardians for sharks

The Sharks have seen their goalies provide a completely different production. James Reimer has started in six games and is 2-4-0.

His save percentage, however, is .923 and his goals-against-average of 2.55 is pretty good. It’s about as good as the the Sharks could have hoped.

The same cannot be said when Kaapo Kahkonen starts between the pipes. He’s started four games and is 1-3-0 this year with an abysmal .875 save percentage and 3.33 goals-against average.

Be sure to check who’s in the net before making your NHL Pick.

Injuries in Lightning vs Sharks game

Head to head Lightning vs. Sharks

The Lightning faced the Sharks twice last season and won them both by a combined score differential of 10-3.

Lightning vs Sharks game information

  • Game: Lightning (4-4-0) vs Sharks (3-7-0)
  • Location: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
  • Day: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Lightning vs Sharks live stream: NHL.TV

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Prediction Lightning vs Sharks

Tampa Bay hasn’t been consistent at all, but the Sharks haven’t been very good themselves. Looking at the talent level of these teams, it’s obvious the Lightning have higher caps when they’re on the same page.

If Reimer isn’t in net, the Lightning are the easy choice as well as the most. If Reimer is between the pipes, go for the underside instead.

Take: Tampa Bay Lightning -200 and Under

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