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Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions & Tips – Goals To Be At A Premium Again

  • Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning predictions for Thursday
  • Hurricanes-Lightning to start 01:00 (Wednesday) BST at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
  • Tampa Bay hold a 2-0 lead after back-to-back wins in Carolina
  • Pair tipped to produce another low-scoring encounter
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Leigh Copson 03 Jun 2021
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Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions & Tips


Another low-scoring encounter between the two teams could be on the cards.

Eight of the 10 meetings between Tampa Bay and Carolina this season have produced under 5.5 total goals.

Games 1 & 2 of this playoff series went under and we could see more of the same in Game 3.

  • Tampa Bay & Carolina have produced -5.5 Total Goals in 8 out of their 10 meetings this season
  • All 4 meetings in Tampa this season have produced -5.5 Total Goals
  • Carolina Hurricanes ranked #4 in goals allowed during the regular season
  • Tampa Bay Lighting ranked #6 in goals allowed during the regular season
  • There were 0 goals in the 1st period of Games 1 & 2

Head To Head


  • Carolina Hurricanes lead the all-time series 67-58-10
  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the season series 6-4

Carolina Hurricanes Form


Carolina are in trouble after blowing home-ice advantage in the first two games against Tampa Bay.

The Hurricanes lost back-to-back home games by a score or 2-1 and now head out on the road. 

Their road form in the playoffs this season has not been impressive.

They booked their place in this round with a 4-3 overtime victory in Nashville in the previous round.

However, having taken a 2-0 series lead at home in that series, they then dropped back-to-back games in the Music City.

1-2 on the road in the postseason does not bode well for a trip to face the defending champions.

Nino Niederreiter (upper body) remains day-to-day on the injury report, and he is now joined by Vincent Trocheck (undisclosed).

Tampa Bay Lighting Form


Tampa Bay have made an outstanding start to this series to take firm control.

The Lighting were 2-1 winners in both Games 1 & 2 in Carolina and now they return home with a chance to put this tie to bed.

The defending champions narrowly lost their first home game in this season’s playoffs.

They were beaten 6-5 in overtime by Florida in the previous round.

However, they won their next two home games against the Panthers by scores of 6-2 and 4-0.

That second home victory over Florida set up this meeting with Carolina for a place in the semi-finals.

There has been no change on the injury report since Game 2.

David Savard (upper body) is still day-to-day, with Anders Nilsson (concussion) and Marian Gaborik (back) out indefinitely.

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Verdict

These two teams have rarely gone over 5.5 goals across the course of this season.

And with the stakes getting even bigger in Game 3, we could see another tense, low-scoring encounter.

Best Bet: -5.5 Total Goals @-135.14 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Best Bet: 0-0 1st Period Result @180.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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