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Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning 04/19/2021 Game Analysis, NHL Picks & Odds

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Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning 04-19-2021 Game Analysis NHL Picks & Odds

Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning 04/19/2021 – Two of the top contenders in the Central Division will test each other’s mettle on ice as the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday inside the Amalie Arena in Florida. The visiting Hurricanes will enter their rivals’ ground boasting the best record in the division of 29 wins and 62 points in 43 games, thanks to a pair of impressive victories against the Nashville Predators that capped off an extended homestand. The hosts, meanwhile, are still feeling the pain of last Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers that pulled them down to the third spot of the race. The home-ice advantage, however, will remain significant according to top NHL betting sites as the Lightning are still pegged as favorites at -131 in the match-winner market while the Hurricanes are slight underdogs at +119.

Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning 04/19/2021

When: Monday, April 19, 7:00 PM ET

Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

TV: BSFL | BSSO

Stream: NHL.TV

Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning 04/19/2021 Betting Odds:

Team PUCKLINE TOTAL ML
Carolina Hurricanes +1.5 (-235) 5.5 o (-105) +119
Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 (+195) 5.5 u (-105) -131
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Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes are locked in. After absorbing two consecutive losses against a reeling Detroit Red Wings squad, Carolina knew they had to refocus. Indeed, the team geared up with more sense of urgency and toppled their next two games against the Predators, which earned them the sole No.1 spot in the division. It was the team’s overall effort that propelled them to finish the long homestand with huge victories. The match on Monday will be Carolina’s first road game since April 1, but the squad is ready to take on a challenge against the reigning and defending Stanley Cup champions. The slight underdog tag may be justified, but it could also be an added motivation for the Hurricanes to prove that they deserve to be at the top of the Central. 

Players to watch: S. Aho RW (G 18 A 22 PTS 40),  V. Trocheck C (G 17 A 20 PTS 37), D. Hamilton D (G 6 A 29 PTS 35). 

Tampa Bay Lightning

The start of the six-game homestand was neither bad nor exceptional for the Lightning. After escaping with a 3-2 shootout win against the Panthers on Thursday, the team failed to follow it up as it fell 3-5 two days later against the same opponent. Looking at the schedule, it will indeed be a tough stretch for Tampa Bay as their next assignment will be a two-game series against the Hurricanes, who, alongside the Panthers, are also sternly fighting for the ultimate supremacy in the Central Division. It goes without saying that this period will be the ultimate test for the Lightning in determining whether they are already primed to make a deep run in the playoffs. Fans can expect a postseason mentality from the Lightning as the team seeks to redeem its momentum on Monday. 

Players to watch: V. Hedman D (G 8 A 33 PTS 41), B. Point C (G 18 A 19 PTS 37), O. Palat LW (G 12 A 24 PTS 36). 

Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions

Trends

Hurricanes

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina’s last 5 games.
Carolina is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.
Carolina is 7-13 SU in their last 20 games against Tampa Bay.
Hurricanes are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay.

Lightning

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 8 games against Carolina.
Tampa Bay is 15-5 SU in their last 20 games at home.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing at home against Carolina.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games against an opponent in the Central conference.

Hurricanes vs Lightning Betting Picks

A match with a playoff-like atmosphere is about to take place inside the Amalie Arena. Fighting for the right to be hailed as the best team in the Central Division, both the Lightning and the Hurricanes are expected to play top-notch hockey on Monday. But home-ice advantage will spell the difference in this highly intense battle on the ice. Back the Lightning to win this high-scoring game in the top online sportsbooks. Familiarity will come into play in this game, and with the Hurricanes playing their first road game after weeks of staying in Carolina, the Lightning will certainly exploit their edge.  

Score Prediction: Hurricanes 4, Lightning 6.