Carolina Hurricanes (12-5-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (12-4-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -141 / Carolina Hurricanes +128 --- 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 Thursday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to rebound from their 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay in their last matchup. 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 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 Hurricanes this season. James Reimer continues to thrive in goal for Carolina with an 8-2 record and a 3.08 GAA this season and it’s likely he starts here after Carolina trotted out Alex Nedeljkovic in Wednesday’s matchup.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to add to their win over Carolina on Thursday. Ross Colton opened the scoring for the Bolts with his 1st career goal just under seven minutes into the game and Blake Coleman added a power play goal with just over a pair of minutes to go in the opening frame. The lead held all the way up to the 3rd period where the Bolts would ice the win with an empty netter off of the stick of Barclay Goodrow. Victor Hedman’s 1st period assist also puts him on a team-high 18 assists.
Carolina is 11-4 in their last 15 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 home games. 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 on no rest. Carolina is 1-10 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
The Lightning are starting to find their form of defending Stanley Cup champions after their win over the ‘Canes on Wednesday and to be honest, I’m not sure what the quick turnaround is going to do to help Carolina here. The Lightning looked borderline dominant in Wednesday’s win and with the money line being half decent, I'll lay it and play it with the Lightning here.