Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes - 5/30/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes - 5/30/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (40-12-10) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (40-18-4)

Game Info: Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -111 / Tampa Bay Lightning -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Lightning will head on the road to face the Carolina Hurricanes in game 1 of their round 2 series in the NHL playoffs. The teams split their regular season series 4-4, with each team stealing a win on the road.

Tampa Bay heads into this game having averaged 4 goals per game in their round 1 series against Florida. Nikita Kucherov has been their top performer in the playoffs, leading the team with 8 assists and 11 points. Andrei Vasilevskiy started all 6 games for the Lightning in round 1, allowing 2.83 goals per game with a .929 save percentage. During the regular season against the Hurricanes, he was 3-3 with a 2.14 GAA and .933 save percentage. Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman led the team with 5 points against the Hurricanes during the regular season.

Carolina won two straight games to close out their round 1 series against Nashville and averaged 3.7 goals per game in the series. Sebastian Aho leads the team with 5 goals and 7 points so far this postseason. Alex Nedeljkovic started all 6 games for the Hurricanes, allowing 2.22 goals per game and stopping 92.2% of the shots he faced. During the regular season against Tampa Bay he was 2-1 while allowing just 1.02 goals per game with a .961 save percentage. Martin Necas led the team with 5 assists and 8 points against the Lightning during the regular season.

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Tampa Bay is 15-10-3 on the road this season, 24-32 ATS, and the over is 27-26.

Carolina is 20-3-5 at home this season, 25-31 ATS, and the under is 27-23.

This series will likely come down to which team can get a few wins on the road, as the home team was 6-2 during the regular season in this series. Carolina has averaged a 1.2 goal differential at home during the regular season, and that has ballooned to a 2.04 differential during the postseason. They have also outshot their opponents by an average of 8 shots in each of those games. Alex Nedeljkovic was great in net against Tampa Bay during the regular season and had a solid first round against the Predators. Back Carolina at home.

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Joe’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes -111

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