Carolina Hurricanes (12-4-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (11-4-1)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -143 / Carolina Hurricanes +120 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Wednesday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes will try to rebound from a 4-2 loss to the Lightning last time out. Vincent Trocheck, Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho continue to share the team-high with 16 points including Trocheck putting up 9 goals with 7 assists while Svechnikov has 7 goals with 9 helpers and Aho’s got 6 goals and 10 assists. Jordan STaal has 7 goals with 8 assists for his 15 points while Nino Niederreiter has 12 points with 9 goals and 3 assists. Dougie Hamilton, Brock McGinn and Martin Necas each have 11 points as well for the ‘Canes this season. James Reimer continues to thrive in goal for Carolina with an 8-2 record and a 3.08 GAA this season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be out to build on their win over the Hurricanes from their last outing. Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point each have 17 points with Hedman logging a team-high 13 assists while Stamkos has a team-high 9 goals and Point has 6 goals with 11 assists as well this season. Ondrej Palat has 14 points split between 7 goals and 7 assists while Mikhail Sergachev has 12 assists and Anthony Cirelli has 10 points with 4 goals and 6 assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy continues to start in goal for the Bolts, going 10-4 with a 2.01 GAA in 14 starts this season.
Carolina is 11-4 in their last 15 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 road games while the over is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days’ rest. Tampa Bay is 55-22 in their last 77 games overall and 67-29 in their last 96 home games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days’ rest. Carolina is 8-21 in the last 29 meetings between these two teams and 1-9 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
The Hurricanes and the plus money are tempting, but the Lightning found their groove in bouncing back against the ‘Canes last time out and honestly, I’m not looking to bet against the Bolts at home any time soon. This should be abother great game, but we’re not going to get Tampa Bay under -150 often for much of the year, so I’ll take my chances with the Lightning on the money line to get the job done here.