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Tampa Bay has Been Taking Carolina to Task

Don’t look now but the Lightning are making a push for the playoffs and with the clock ticking on the trade deadline, Tampa sits just five points out of the final wild-card spot. Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov have been great leaders for the Bolts in lieu of Steven Stamkos and they've driven their team to three wins in their last four games.  

SHARK BITES
  • The Lightning are 8-1-1 against the Hurricanes in their last 10 matchups.
  • The Hurricanes have lost 7 of their last 8 games.
  • Hedman and Kucherov have combined for 16 points in the Bolts’ last 5 games.

For a while, it looked like Carolina could climb back into the race but with the Hurricanes’ recent run of games sealing their fate for the 2016-17 season, the remainder of the year will be used to give ample playing time to their many prospects. Since the break, the Canes are averaging just 1.9 goals per game and during their last eight-game stretch, they’ve been shut out twice.

This is an excellent opportunity for the surging Lightning to gain ground on the idle teams in the Atlantic Division and for bettors, it could be a good time to grab the Lightning on the puckline. Four of the Bolts’ last five wins have cashed puckline bets and three of those hits came when Tampa was a -1.5 goal favorite.

Considering how the Bolts have dominated the Canes in recent years, and given how hot they’re running on their home ice, I’d feel more than comfortable backing the Lightning to win by at least two goals tonight.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Carolina Hurricanes were listed as 149 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Wednesday at Bovada.

A 3.8-1.6 result in favor of the Lightning is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 25-25-9 this season, while the Lightning are 28-25-8. Carolina is 23-27-9 on the totals; Tampa Bay is 28-26-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Carolina injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Tampa Bay Lightning and the No. 25-ranked Carolina Hurricanes, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 2.8 goals per game, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 21 at 2.9 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 22.54% while the Hurricanes defense kills off 86% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Carolina was a 3-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Panthers. They lost as +143 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Senators at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -180 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Carolina is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 6 games
  • Carolina is 18-6 ATS in its last 24 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Carolina

Next Betting Matchups

Carolina home to Arizona, Friday, March 3rd
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, Friday, March 3rd

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