Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes - 6/1/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes - 6/1/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (40-13-10) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (41-18-4)

Game Info: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -111 / Tampa Bay Lightning -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Lightning will head on the road to face the Carolina Hurricanes in game 2 of their round 2 series in the NHL playoffs. Tampa Bay took the first game 2-1 in Carolina.

Tampa Bay is averaging 3.7 goals per game in the playoffs and allowing 2.6 per game. Andrei Vasilevskly started all 7 games for the Lightning with a .936 save percentage. He was 1-1 with a 3.00 GAA at Carolina during the regular season. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 9 assists and 12 points this postseason. Victor Hedman led the team with 4 assists and 5 points against Carolina during the regular season.  Tampa Bay ranks 4th with a 33.3% conversion rate on the power play this postseason.

Carolina lost their first game at home this postseason in game one. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.2 goals per game. Alex Nedeljkovic started all 7 games for the Hurricanes this postseason, and he has allowed 2.19 goals per game and stopped .923% of the shots he has faced. Sebastian Aho lead the team with 57 points during the regular season, and leads the team with 5 goals and 7 points in the playoffs. He was held scoreless but had two shots on goal in game one. Carolina has a +1.5-scoring differential at home this postseason.

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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.

Tampa was able to steal the first one on the road, after the two teams were each 3-1 on home ice during the regular season. Despite the loss, Carolina was able to outshoot the Lightning by 8, and committed 2 less penalties. The Hurricanes only had 3 outright losses at home during the regular season, and were 3-0 at home during their round series against Nashville. Tampa Bay is the more talented team, but Carolina is stingy at home, allowing a league fewest 1.5 goals per game in the playoffs. Look for the Hurricanes to even things up with a win at home.  

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Joe’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes -111

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