(NHL) Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, 05/02/2021 3:00 PM, Score: 2 - 1
Point Spread: -1.50 | -121.00 Tampa Bay (Away)
Result: Loss
The set-up: Did Tampa get caught "looking past" the lowly Wings in its 1-0 shootout loss here yesterday? I'd say the answer to that question is a resounding "yes." Sure, Detroit has played a lot better over the last month, but the Lightning have dominated this series all year and I expect an immediate return to normalcy here. The Bolts had won four in a row previous and with two whole nights off after this, before a much tougher two-game home set vs. the Stars (who they played in the Finals last year), Tampa will be eager to atone for yesterday's "brain fart."

The pick: Note as well that Detroit is just 2-8 in its last ten after shutting out its opponent in its previous outing. I expect the Lightning to full throttle from start to finish and as a result, I don't only expect Tampa to win this game, but I look for it to win by a sizeable margin.

This is a 10* PLAY-BOOK on the Lightning PUCK-LINE (-1.5).