Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes NHL Pick – March 22

An absolute marquee matchup goes down Tuesday evening in Raleigh, North Carolina as both the Hurricanes and Lightning will meet for Eastern Conference supremacy. Both squads have their sights set on yet another lengthy playoff run come May and June, and with the Canes and Bolts bolstering their respective rosters at the trade deadline, it’ll be interesting to see how these teams stack up!

Though it’s still a tad early, this could well be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals, as Carolina currently sits atop the Metropolitan division, while the Lightning trail just behind Florida in the Atlantic.

Tampa enters needing to start securing better results. Bringing in Nick Paul and Brandon Hagel will surely enhance their forward depth, as well as their play without the puck. The Bolts boast impressive depth, and despite a mediocre 5-5 record across their past 10 games, look for Tampa Bay to start ramping up the intensity as we approach the post-season. They’re the two-time defending Cup champions for a reason, folks!

Meanwhile, the Canes too are entering Tuesday night in a bit of a lull. Carolina still holds a comfortable lead within the division despite winning just 4 of their past 10 outings. Freddie Andersen continues to be elite between the pipes for Carolina, and the big Danish netminder is slated to start in goal vs. the Lightning.

With the regular season rapidly winding down, every game and point becomes essential going forward. Tuesday’s big-time Eastern Conference game in Carolina remains no different. Expect a fast-paced and intense matchup between two of the NHL’s best! Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for added insight, trends, news, and betting analysis for the Canes vs. Lightning. Enjoy the game, folks!

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag

Spread:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning +1.5 (-235)
  • Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (+205)
Moneyline:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning (+105)
  • Carolina Hurricanes (-115)
Total Points:

  • Over 5.5 (-120)
  • Under 5.5 (+100)
TEAM DATA LIGHTNING HURRICANES
Overall Record 39-16-6 41-15-6
ATS Record 28-33 29-33
Home/Away Record 20-10-1 23-5-3
Goals Per Game 3.4 3.3
Goals Against Per Game 2.8 2.4
Shots On Goal Per Game 30.2 33.8
Shooting % 11/0 9.7

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes Prediction:

Despite the fact that neither roster isn’t playing all that well of late, expect both teams’ best showing on Tuesday night. With both teams making big trade deadline acquisitions, the playoff push is most definitely on, and the quest for points becomes hugely important for both rosters.

The Bolts took care of their business early, securing Brandon Hagel from Chicago, and veteran forward Nick Paul out of Ottawa. Inserting that tandem on Tuesday night should inject new life to this veteran group. The Bolts possess one of the deeper rosters in hockey, and that duo should also help increase Tampa’s stability without the puck.

The Lightning enter top-10 in many shooting and chance-generating metrics, and regularly tilt the ice at even strength. They overwhelm teams with their depth, and though special teams remain a point of concern, this is a group that has gotten the job done in big moments before. In goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy is in the midst of yet another Vezina-calibre season. The big Russian netminder boasts a .920 save percentage, and leads the league with 23 goals saved above expectation. That’s a goalie you can trust!

For the Canes, their new acquisition Max Domi isn’t slated to be in the lineup Tuesday night, which should thin this group out. They’ll also be down top-six forward Jordan Martinook, also hurting their chances. Carolina boasts the league’s top defense in hockey, but their offense has stagnated of late. They aren’t generating chances at the same rate compared to earlier in the season, and their top line of Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho will have a tough outing Tuesday night against Tampa’s Victor Hedman.

In goal, Freddie Andersen is back from injury which should help solidify the play between the pipes. While the Danish netminder has been stellar this season, years of underperforming and untimely goals allowed have made fans and bettors still skeptical of his performance going forward. Against a loaded Tampa team, Andersen should get another stiff test.

 

Lightning vs. Hurricanes Trends To Know:

  • Lightning are 46-20 in their last 66 Tuesday games.
  • Lightning are 24-11 in their last 35 vs. Metropolitan.
  • Lightning are 37-18 in their last 55 overall.
  • Hurricanes are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic.
  • Hurricanes are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
  • Hurricanes are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Road team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
  • Lightning are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Carolina.

 

The Lightning have dominated this matchup over the past few seasons, and truthfully there aren’t many teams they haven’t had an advantage over lately.  The Bolts are gearing up for another deep run at a third-straight Cup, and expect Tampa’s new additions to breathe some new life into their forward group.  Look for Vasilevskiy to outplay a fading Andersen, and the Bolts to continue their push up to the top of the Atlantic division standings.

My Pick
Lightning
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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