NHL Odds: Flames visit Lightning in Tampa Bay Thursday Night. The NHL’s top team welcomes the Calgary Flames to town this Thursday for a showdown between premier offensive forwards. Watch as Kucherov and Stamkos take on Calgary’s Johnny Hockey and Sean Monahan.

Great things were expected of the Calgary Flames (22-16-4) this season. After making the playoffs with one of the youngest rosters in the league last year, Calgary was expected to build off of their 94-point 2016-17 campaign, and push deeper into the playoffs. They’re +3300 on the futures board at Bovada to capture Lord Stanley’s Cup, but to date, sit out of a playoff spot. Calgary will be looking for their young stars to step up against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and put themselves back into playoff contention.

Tampa Bay (31-9-3) enters Thursday night’s contest with a comfortable lead in the Eastern Conference. They’ve amassed an incredible +53 goal differential and have treated bettors to 21.98 units on the puckline. Their success has been buttressed by the standout play of their dynamic offensive duo of Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. Kucherov leads the NHL in points (60), while Stamkos is tied at third (52). At +600 to win it all this year, there have been few surer things than the Lightning this season.

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