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Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning Preview

Tampa Bay Lightning

Carolina Hurricanes
28-16-5 January 19, 2014, 05:00 PM | PNC Arena 20-18-9

Tampa Bay pays a visit to Carolina on Sunday, hoping to shut down the Hurricanes snipers in hockey action at PNC Arena.

The Lightning will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 28-16-5 this season, while the Hurricanes are 20-18-9. Tampa Bay is 21-25-3 against the total, while Carolina is 19-23-5 versus the number.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Hurricanes in this one found them earlier as 100 underdogs on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 13-rated Hurricanes and the No. 7-ranked Lightning, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Tampa Bay was a 5-4 loser in its last match at home against the Sharks. They lost as -110 favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

Last time out for Carolina, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Panthers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Hurricanes at -140 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Carolina's No. 25-ranked offense (2.43 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.45 goals per game allowed. The Hurricanes powerplay has clicked at a 14.46% rate while the Lightning have a 79.88% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Ottawa, Thursday, January 23rd
Carolina at Philadelphia, Tuesday, January 21st