Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs Hurricanes NHL Odds
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(56-13-3) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes (40-25-5)
Date: Thursday, March 21st
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -115 | Hurricanes -105
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 6½
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The first place team in the Atlantic division in the Tampa Bay Lightning will travel to PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, to battle with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. The Hurricanes were able to pull out a slim, 3-1 victory in their last outing on January 10th.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning sit comfortably in the first place slot within the Atlantic division at this point in the season. Furthermore, they are winners of four straight games after they picked up a 4-1 victory at home over the Arizona Coyotes in their last outing.
Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 35 goals on the season, yet was not able to score versus the Coyotes. Nonetheless, Steven Stamkos scored his 36th goal on the year while Victor Hedman, Anthony Cirelli, along with Yanni Gordie also posted goals for the Lightning in the victory.
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Tampa Bay has won three of their last four road games, overall, entering this matchup with the Hurricanes. Also, as stated, Tampa Bay received power play goals from Ondrej Palat along with Brayden Point as the latter posted two goals on the night en route to the victory.
Dan Girardi along with Anton Straumann are each questionable for Tampa Bay in this contest due to lower body injuries.
The Carolina Hurricanes are currently in fourth place within the Metropolitan standings, currently. However, they have managed to continue to rack up wins as they have come out victorious in four of their last five outings.
They received a goal from Brock McGinn along with Justin Williams in regulation versus the Pittsburgh Penguins in the last time out. Furthermore, Dougie Hamilton scored an all-important goal in the shut out session as he has just 13 on the season on 227 shots..
Point leader in Sebastian Aho has gone scoreless in the last four games for Carolina entering this matchup. Finally, Aho has also recorded only one assist along with one point during this time.
Calvin de Haan will be missed on the defensive end for this contest as he is out indefinitely with an eye injury.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
- Favorite is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
- Lightning are 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.
- Lightning are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Carolina.
- Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Carolina.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: UNDER
The Lightning rank as one of the best scoring teams in the league in averaging 3.8 goals per game on 34 shots. Nonetheless, they will be facing a Hurricanes team that is allowing just 2.7 goals per outing alongside 27 shots per game. And while the Hurricanes will certainly bring their defense to the ice for this all-important match up, look for Tampa Bay to continue their winning ways in the end as they will pick up a slim, 3-2 victory on the road, to win their third straight away from home.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Lightning 3 – Hurricanes 2
Tampa Bay has played well on the road recently while the Hurricanes have also been able to pick up a string of victories at PNC Center lately, as well. Nonetheless, with both squads allowing just 2.7 goals per game, or less, expect this to be a low-scoring contest to where the total will not be surpassed due to outstanding defensive play from both teams.
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