Carolina Hurricanes (10-20-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (21-11-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 27, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -240 / Carolina Hurricanes +200 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning square off Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes are 3-8 this month and dead last in the Metropolitan division. The Hurricanes are averaging two goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have one power play goal in their last five games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals. Jiri Tlusty leads Carolina with 10 goals, Justin Faulk has 14 assists and Jeff Skinner has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Cam Ward has allowed 56 goals on 629 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 30 goals on 310 shots. The Hurricanes have lost seven of their last nine road games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have split their last four games and play for the first time since Tuesday. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have zero power play goals in their last four games and have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 19 goals, Tyler Johnson has 24 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Evgeni Nabokov has allowed 23 goals on 214 shots faced and Ben Bishop has given up 59 goals on 676 shots.
The Hurricanes are 7-19 in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-6 in their last 6 games following a win. The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 11-3 in their last 14 home games. The Hurricanes are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
The Hurricanes are back to stinking up the joint and couldn't buy a win while the Lightning have been an offensive machine and have crushed the Hurricanes as of late. Look for Tampa Bay to win by at least two goals.