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Hockey Matchup - Tampa Bay Lightning Carolina Hurricanes Odds Preview

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.

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