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Carolina HurricanesTampa Bay Lightning
Dec 31, 5:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum

Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

13-20-6TEAM RECORD16-17-3

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 sport records of 16-17-3 heading into this matchup, while the Hurricanes sit at 13-20-6 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 22-13-1 for the Lightning and 22-15-2 for the Hurricanes.

View Carolina vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Hockey odds makers opened the Lightning as -150 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5.

Power Rankings:
The Lightning sit at No. 26 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Hurricanes sit at a No. 29 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 2.8 goals per game, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 26 at 3.3 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 14.3% while the Hurricanes defense kills off 79.7% of their penalties.

Last time out for Carolina, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Maple Leafs at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Hurricanes at +107 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Lightning were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Canadiens. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -101 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Carolina Hurricanes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 8-2
After a win are 2-8

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Montreal are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few Hurricanes at Lightning trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Carolina's last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Carolina's last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing at home against Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Tampa Bay's last 13 games

Next up:
Carolina home to NY Islanders, Tuesday, January 3
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Tuesday, January 3

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