Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes

Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 5:00 PM (Pnc Arena)

CAR -120 O/U 5.5

TV: ESPN+

The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday at the PNC Arena. The Lightning has back to back, playing the Ottawa Senators on Saturday and then travel all the way to North Carolina to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Lightning is coming off of a five-game winning streak, last defeating the Montreal Canadiens and have also beaten the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens again as well as starting the win streak by crushing the Panthers 6-1.

The Lightning is 22-13-4 on the season and third in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning has done very well on offense, scoring the second-most goals per game in the NHL, averaging 3.54. The Lightning is also very good on defense as they had one player elected to the NHL All-Star Game, which was Defender Victor Hedman. 

The Hurricanes are coming off of a loss to the Washington Capitals. The loss snapped a two-winning streak that the Hurricanes were on. 

The Hurricanes are 24-15-2 on the season due to having one of the most balanced teams in the NHL. The Hurricanes find themselves in the top ten in both offense and defense, and while they don’t do anything better than all teams in the NHL, they are consistent in what they are good at. The Hurricanes are good at home, boasting a record of 12-7 in their home arena. 

Tampa is 14-25 ATS this season
Lightning is 4-1 in their last five games playing on 0 days rest.
Carolina is 19-22 ATS this season
Hurricanes are 5-2 in their last seven vs. a team with a winning record.

In their last two meetings this season, the Carolina Hurricanes have won both games. Carolina also has the considerable advantage of not playing back to back games, and getting some rest, as Tampa Bay has to deal with a demanding travel schedule and back to back games. I think that rest will play a significant factor in this game, and I think because the Hurricanes will be rested and ready to go, they will win this one close. Final Score Prediction, Carolina Hurricanes win 5-4.
 

Joshua’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes -120

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.