Tampa Bay Lightning (10-3-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (11-3-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +100 / Tampa Bay Lightning -120 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win to build on their 10-3-1 record. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.9 goals per game and are scoring on 26 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with eight goals, Victor Hedman has 12 assists and Brayden Point has 40 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 23 goals on 343 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up seven goals on 45 shots.
The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 27.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock McGinn leads Carolina with seven goals, Sebastian Aho has nine assists and Andrei Svechnikov has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed three goals on 66 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 25 goals on 239 shots.
The Lightning are 70-33 in their last 103 road games and 54-21 in their last 75 overall. The Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The over is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 overall. The over is 4-0 in Hurricanes last 4 overall. The Lightning are 14-6 in the last 20 meetings in Carolina and 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.
You can make a strong case for either of these teams, but we're getting the Tampa Bay Lightning at a price we rarely get them at, and they have a big rest advantage. While the Carolina Hurricanes played last night, the Lightning have been able to enjoy a few days off with one of their recent games getting postponed. I'll take the rested Lightning over the team that played last night with both teams in great form.