Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning - 6/5/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning - 6/5/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (42-18-5) vs Carolina Hurricanes (41-14-10)

Game Info: Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -137 / Carolina Hurricanes +111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Carolina Hurricanes in game 4 of their best of 7 series on Saturday afternoon. The Lightning hold a 2-1 series lead after the Hurricanes won the previous game in Tampa Bay.

Carolina won the last game 3-2 in overtime despite being outshot by 10 in the game. The Hurricanes have averaged 3 goals per game during the playoffs. Sebastian Aho was the teams leading scorer during the regular season and leads them with 6 goals and 10 points during the postseason; he led the way with a goal and 2 assists in their game three win. Pert Mrazek got his first start of the postseason on Wednesday. He was efficient, only allowing 2 goals in 3+ periods with a .945 save percentage. The Hurricanes were 2-1 in his starts against the Lightning in the regular season. The Hurricanes rank 1st among active playoff teams with 39 shots per game in the playoffs.

Tampa Bay had their three-game win streak snapped in the last game. They have averaged 3.3 goals and 6 assists per game in the postseason. Nikita Kucherov has had an epic start to the postseason; he has 11 assists and 14 points through their first 9 games to lead the team. He also has led the way with 3 points in the series. Andrei Vasilevskiy has remained in net for the Lightning in all 9 games; he has allowed 2.29 goals per game with a .935 save percentage. The Lightning were 2-4 in his starts against Carolina during the regular season. The Lightning rank second with 4.25 goals per game and a +1.5-scoring differential at home during the playoffs.

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Carolina is 18-9-5 on the road this season, 28-37 ATS, and the under is 32-27.

Tampa Bay is 23-7-2 at home this season, 29-36 ATS, and the under is 32-30.

These are two of the best defenses in the NHL this postseason, tied for 4th with 2.44 goals against. The Lightnings only goals came off of the Power Play in game 2 and struggled to get any momentum at even strength. This has been a physical battle and the goaltending has been superb. The trend is your friend; expect another low scoring game with the under cashing in each of the first three.

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