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Carolina Hurricanes

Tampa Bay Lightning
14-14-7 December 21, 2013, 07:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 21-11-3



The Lightning get a visit from the Carolina Hurricanes in hockey action on Saturday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Lightning currently sport a record of 21-11-3. The Hurricanes are 14-14-7. Betting totals have seen the Lightning post a 13-20-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Hurricanes have gone 13-18-4 against the number.

View Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as -152 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Lightning at No. 25 and the Hurricanes at No. 23 heading into this contest.

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Carolina lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Capitals on December 20. Bettors who backed the Capitals at +106 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 4-2 winner at home against the Predators. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -135 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 2.77 goals per game, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.8 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 15.7% while the Hurricanes defense kills off 79.49% of their penalties.

A few Hurricanes at Lightning trends to consider:
Carolina is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
Carolina is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games on the road
Carolina is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home


Next up:
Carolina home to Columbus, Monday, December 23rd
Tampa Bay at Florida, Monday, December 23rd

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