Highlighting a loaded Tuesday NHL slate is a Hurricanes vs Lightning game that features the President’s Trophy hopefuls against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. If you were forced to choose just one game to watch tonight, this should be the unanimous decision. As two teams vying for top playoff spots in an incredibly difficult Eastern Conference, these points down the stretch against other top teams become pivotal in the quest for division championships and playoff success.
Let’s take a look at the NHL betting odds, trends and picks for the game and give our Hurricanes vs Lightning prediction.
Hurricanes vs Lightning NHL Betting Preview and Stream
NHL Regular Season
Carolina Hurricanes (44-15-7, 20-10-3 Away) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (41-18-6, 19-6-4 Home)
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Venue: Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL
The Hurricanes vs Lightning rivalry has given us some extremely good hockey games in the last few years. Tonight should be no exception, as this is the last time these teams will meet in the regular season. Fans of NHL playoff hockey should be rooting hard to see these teams in a seven-game series. Based on what we’ve seen in their three previous meetings this season, it would be phenomenal stuff. Their first game was an 8-5 barn burner where the Lightning came out on top. The next two were on the opposite end of the spectrum, as low scoring, one-goal games in which the Hurricanes reigned victoriously.
A series with that kind of volatility and promise would be a dream for NHL fans and sports bettors alike.
In this particular chapter of Hurricanes vs Lightning, Tampa Bay seems to have a bit of an edge. Their goaltender is stronger, and it is very difficult to beat a team as talented and experienced as the Lightning three times in a row.
Hurricanes vs Lightning NHL Betting Odds & Spread
Moneyline: CAR: (+120) | TB: (-140)
Puck Line: CAR: +1.5 (-210) | TB: -1.5 (+175)
Total: 5.5 — Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)
Team Totals: CAR o2.5 (-120) / u2.5 (-120) | TB o2.5 (-160) / u2.5 (+120)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: CAR: (50%) | TB: (50%)
Odds to Win Stanley Cup: CAR: (+1100) | TB: (+900)
Hurricanes vs Lightning NHL Betting Trends
– Carolina is 30-35 (46.2%) ATS this season
– Carolina is 27-35-3 (43.9%) to the Over this season
– Tampa Bay is 28-37 (43.1%) ATS this season
– Tampa Bay is 30-32-3 (48.5%) to the Over this season
Hurricanes vs Lightning NHL Stats
– Carolina averages 3.31 goals per game (GPG) this season (T-No. 8 in NHL)
– Hurricanes have surrendered 2.35 GPG (No. 1 in NHL)
– Tampa Bay averages 3.28 GPG this season (No. 10 in NHL)
– The Lightning have surrendered 2.74 GPG (No. 7 in NHL)
– Carolina has a goal differential of +60 in 65 games this season
– Tampa Bay has a goal differential of +33 in 65 games this season
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Hurricanes vs Lightning Prediction
It might seem foolish to go against the trends recently set by these teams, but we are going to do it. While it is true the Lightning have had immense offensive struggles for most of the last month, and both goalies numbers are quite good, this game can easily wind up over the 5.5 number.
We have the Lightning winning this game, but will also be taking both teams to cash their team total over.
This feels like a one-goal game of the “4-3 in OT” caliber.
Our NHL betting Hurricanes vs Lightning prediction tonight will be CAR/TB Over 5.5 at BetUS.
For what it’s worth, numberFire gives the Lightning a 55.1% chance to win.
Hurricanes vs Lightning Prediction and Picks
Game Total – o5.5 (-115)
Tampa Bay Lightning – ML (-140) / TT o2.5 (-160)
Carolina Hurricanes – TT o2.5 (-120)