Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes - 3/22/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes - 3/22/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (41-15-6) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (39-16-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes +138 / Tampa Bay Lightning +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Carolina Hurricanes host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this road contest with an overall record of 39-16-6. Through 61 games, the Lightning are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 205 times, good for a rank of 10th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Tampa Bay is the 9th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.79 goals per game. So far, the Lightning have a strength of schedule rating of 19th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 8th ranked team in the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes get set to host the Tampa Bay Lightning with an overall record of 41-15-6. This mark places them 1st in the Metropolitan division. Through 62 games, the Hurricanes have scored 203 goals, giving them an average of 3.26. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams. On defense, Carolina is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.37 goals per contest. So far, the Hurricanes have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Carolina's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.

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Through 60 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning goal and overall scoring leader is Steven Stamkos, with 66 points. He has reached his mark of 27 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.9%. So far, 37.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Victor Hedman, who has 44 assists to go along with his 17 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +13.0. Tampa Bay's top goalie is Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is giving up an average of 2.36 goals per game. In his 48 games played, he has turned in 30 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 59 games, the Carolina Hurricanes' goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho, with 61 points. He has reached his mark of 27 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.7%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 31 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +13.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.06 goals per game. In his 42 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have a per-game scoring differential of 0.8. When playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.55 goals. As the Carolina Hurricanes get set take on the Lightning, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 1-4. During this stretch, they have scored 10 goals, accounting for 42.0% of the scoring in these contests. In what should be a close matchup, look for the Hurricanes to get back on track with a win over Tampa Bay.

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