Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/19/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/19/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (29-13-2) vs Carolina Hurricanes (29-10-4)

Game Info: Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -131 / Carolina Hurricanes +119 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Monday night.

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to build on a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators in their last matchup. Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 40 points including a team-high 18 goals and 22 assists while Vincent Trocheck has 17 goals and 20 assists for his 37 points. Dougie Hamilton has 35 points with a team-high 29 assists and 141 shots on goal. Martin Necas has 33 points while Jordan Staal and Andrei Svechnikov each have 31 points with Necas, Staal and Svechnikov all adding double-digit goal and assist marks this season. As a team, Carolina is averaging 3.2 goals on 32.2 shots with a 28.3% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.4 goals on 28.1 shots against with an 83.8% success rate on the penalty kill this season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be out to bouce back fro a 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers in their last matchup. Victor Hedman leads the Lightning in scoring with 41 points including a team-high 33 assists while Brayden Point had 37 points with 18 goals and 19 assists and Ondrej Palat has 36 points with 12 goals and 24 assists. Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn each have double-digit goals and assists this season while Mikhail Sergachev has 24 assists. As a team, Tampa Bay is averaging 3.4 goals on 30.2 shots with a 25.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.5 goals on 28.5 shots with an 83.1% success rate killing off penalties this season.

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Carolina is 8-0 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 7-2 in their last 9 road games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games as a road underdog. Tampa Bay is 37-14 in their last 51 home games and 37-15 in their last 52 games as a home favorite while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. The under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

I get the case that could be made both ways, as it’s not often you’ll get this kind of price on either team. However, with that said, this game features two of the better goaltending units in the NHL, with Vasilevskiy for the Lightning and Mrazek and Reimer for the Hurricanes. I think this could end up being a goaltender battle here, so give me the under in this spot.

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