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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes
Date & Time Thursday March 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Arena
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -118 / Carolina Hurricanes -104 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSCR, SunS
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes meet Thursday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 28.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 38 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 82 assists and Steven Stamkos has 205 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 107 goals on 1,523 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 72 goals on 784 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Carolina Hurricanes look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 30 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 48 assists and Justin Williams has 211 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Curtis McElhinney has given up 70 goals on 829 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 87 goals on 959 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in each of their last five games.

TheLightning are 42-9 in their last 51 games as a favorite, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 46-19 in their last 65 games as a road favorite. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 25-10 in their last 35 overall. The Lightning are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Carolina and 20-6 in the last 26 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Lightning last 5 road games. The under is 3-0-1 in Hurricanes last 4 overall.

I tried to pick against the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, grabbing the Capitals as an underdog, and it didn't work. The Lightning are simply on an unreal tear right now and betting against them hasn't paid off to say the least. It's to the point you just keep riding this to streak until the tickets stop cashing. And the fact you can get the Lightning at such a cheap price here, even with them on the back to back, actually provides value. This is a near toss-up line, unlike the usual lines we get with Tampa Bay that have been heavily juiced.

Pick:
Tampa Bay Lightning -118

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