Tampa Bay Lightning (41-18-4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (40-13-10)
June 1, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -111 / Tampa Bay Lightning -111; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes meet Tuesday in game two of the NHL Central Second Round Playoffs at the PNC Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for another road victory to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.71 goals per game and are scoring on 39.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with five goals, Victor Hedman has nine assists and Anthony Cirelli has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.57 goals per game and are killing 74.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 17 goals on 264 shots faced.
The Carolina Hurricanes need a win here to stay in the series and even things up at 1-1. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.29 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with five goals, Brett Pesce has three assists and Dougie Hamilton has 36 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.57 goals per game and are killing 86.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Nedeljkovic has allowed 18 goals on 235 shots faced.
The Lightning are 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog and 85-39 in their last 124 overall. The Hurricanes are 23-9 in their last 32 home games and 56-26 in their last 82 games as a home favorite. The under is 6-1-1 in Lightning last 8 road games. The under is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 home games. The Lightning are 35-17 in the last 52 meetings. The underdog is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The home team is 15-7 in the last 22 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are always a tough team to bet against as long as the price is reasonable and this is another one of those spots. With that said, the Carolina Hurricanes have proven to be one of the more consistent teams in the league this season and they’ve done their best work at home. You can also argue the Canes played the better hockey in game one, they just couldn’t find the back of the net. The Hurricanes also know it’s not realistic to drop the first two at home and still win this series. Expect a sharper performance from the home team and for this series to be evened up.