Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

In a Central Division battle, the Carolina Hurricanes will go on the road and take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. The Hurricanes have a record of 29-10-4. The Lightning have a record of 29-13-2 on the season. The Hurricanes and Lightning have faced each other six times this season with each team winning three games.

Hurricanes on Two Game Winning Streak

The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-1 victory against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Andrei Svechnikov, Jaccob Slavin, and Jani Hakanpaa each scored a goal. Alex Nedeljkovic was sharp in net, stopping 27 out of 28 shots faced.

Offense has been a strength for the Canes this season. They have scored three goals or more in six out of the last nine games. The team ranks 10th in goals per game, third in shots per game and scoring efficiency ratio, and 12th in shooting %. Sebastian Aho leads the team with 40 points. Dougie Hamilton is fifth in assists and fifth in points among defensemen in the NHL. It has been a balanced effort on offense with 14 players having 10 points or more.

Goaltending has played very well for Carolina recently. They have given up two goals or less in five out of their last seven games. The team ranks fourth in goals against per game, seventh in shots against per game, and second in opponent shooting %, and save %. Alex Nedeljkovic has a record of 10-4-2 with a 1.92 GAA and a .930 SV%. Petr Mrazek has a record of 5-1-1 with a 1.41 GAA and a .944 SV%.

Lightning Seeking for Division Lead

The Lightning are coming off a 5-3 loss against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Mathieu Joseph, Erik Cernak, and Brayden Point each scored a goal. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 out of 31 shots faced.

Offense has been rolling this season for the Lightning. They have scored three goals or more in five out of the last nine games. The team ranks third in goals per game, ninth in shots per game, and fourth in scoring efficiency ratio and shooting %. It has been a balanced effort on offense with 16 players having 10 points or more. Victor Hedman leads the team with 41 points. Hedman is second in points and second in assists among defensemen in the league.

Although Tampa Bay has allowed three goals or more in six out of the last 10 games, goaltending has been outstanding this season. The team ranks eighth in goals against per game, ninth in shots against per game, and 10th opponent shooting %, and save %. Andrei Vasilevskiy has a 26-7-1 record with a 2.06 GAA and a .930 SV%. He ranks seventh in GAA, tied for fifth in save %, and is tied for second in shutouts among goalies in the NHL.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

 

 

Want another opinion on this pick?

Visit WinnersAndWhiners.com

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Offense has been a strength for the Canes this season. They have scored three goals or more in six out of the last nine games. The team ranks 10th in goals per game, third in shots per game and scoring efficiency ratio, and 12th in shooting %. Offense has been rolling this season for the Lightning. They have scored three goals or more in five out of the last nine games. The team ranks third in goals per game, ninth in shots per game, and fourth in scoring efficiency ratio and shooting %. Tampa Bay has allowed three goals or more in six out of the last 10 games. The over will hit in this game.

Prediction:
Over 5.5