Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning - 6/3/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (42-18-4) vs Carolina Hurricanes (40-14-10)
Game Info: Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -140 / Carolina Hurricanes +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Carolina Hurricanes in the 3rd game of their round 2 series in the NHL Central Division playoffs. Tampa was able to take the first two games in Carolina.
The Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals and 6.2 assists per game in the postseason. They head into this game having won 4 of their last 5 games, allowing just 1 goal per game over that stretch. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 12 points this postseason after missing the entire regular season. Defenseman Victor Hedman leads the team with 2 points this series. Andrei Vasilevskiy has started all 8 games for the Lightning in the playoffs and has allowed 2.23 goals per game with a .939 save percentage. The Lightning are averaging 5 goals per game at home in the playoffs but have been outshot by 12 per game.
The Hurricanes are averaging 3 goals and 3.8 assists per game in the playoffs. They have lost 3 of their last 5 games and have averaged just 2.4 goals per game during that span. Sebastian Aho has been their leading scorer this season and has led the way with 5 goals and 7 points in the postseason. He has been held scoreless in this series. Alex Nedeljkovic has started all 8 games for the Hurricanes in the playoffs and has allowed 2.18 goals per game with a .920 save percentage. During the regular season he was 2-1 against Tampa Bay with a 1.02 GAA. The Hurricanes have allowed 4 goals per game on the road during the postseason but have outshot their opponents by 8 per game.
Carolina is 17-9-5 on the road this season, 27-37 ATS, and the under is 31-27.
Tampa Bay is 23-7-1 at home this season, 29-35 ATS, and the under is 31-30.
The Lightning have won the first two games but allowed twice as many shots to the Hurricanes in game 2. Despite that, they have gotten top-level goaltending from Vasilevskiy and their offense has made the most of their opportunities. Carolina has not looked good on the road during the playoffs, and Tampa Bay is the better team on paper. Back the Lightning to put a stranglehold on this series.