Hurricanes vs. Lightning - 2/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (32-22-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (27-22-10)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +110 / Tampa Bay Lightning -130 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSS
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes meet Sunday night at the PNC Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 24 goals, Steven Stamkos has 20 assists and Alex Killorn has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 90 goals on 1,146 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 40 goals on 428 shots. Bishop has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Carolina Hurricanes look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 21 goals, Jordan Staal has 22 assists and Justin Faulk has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 83 goals on 512 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 64 goals on 649 shots. Ward has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Lightning are 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games and 3-9 in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest. The Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Carolina and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Lightning are easily the better team here, but they haven't handled the end of a back to back well as of late. Also, the Hurricanes play well at home. I'll take a shot with the plus money and the home team.