Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 4/20/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+108) Lightning (-128)
Curtis McElhinney and the Tampa Bay Lightning (29-13-2) play the Carolina Hurricanes (29-10-4) at Amalie Arena on Tuesday. The odds on this game have the Hurricanes priced at +108 and the Lightning are at -128. The total opens at 5.5.
The Hurricanes were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-1 win against the Predators in their last game. The Hurricanes had an average offensive performance in the win. For the matchup, they converted 3 out of the 48 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to make the most of them. Carolina tallied 4 penalty minutes for this contest. The Corsi for the Hurricanes came in at 77 and the Corsi against was 50 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 60.6%. Their Fenwick came in at 61 and the Fenwick against was 34, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 64.2%. They had 30 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 26 attempts to win the face-off. Their offensive zone starts sat at 68.9% and they had a PDO of 103.0 for this one.
In the matter of scoring goals, the Carolina Hurricanes have accounted for 136 goals (11th in hockey) for the season and have allowed 102. For the current campaign, they have 62 points and their points percentage comes in at .721. Carolina has accounted for 129 power play chances and they have added 36 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 27.91%. While playing at even strength, the Hurricanes have surrendered 80 goals while having 100 of their own. Carolina has taken 1,401 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.7%. The Hurricanes have had 1,209 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .916. Carolina Hurricanes opponents have 138 power play opportunities (7th in pro hockey) and have come away with 22 goals in those attempts.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be James Reimer. Opponents have tallied 967 goals versus Reimer in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.79. Reimer has been in goal for 383 games throughout his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .913 for his 20,784 mins on the ice. He has compiled a mark of 172-131-42 and was named the starter in 349 games. Over the course of his time in hockey, Reimer has recorded 177 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .507. Reimer has seen 11,141 shots against him and has recorded 10,174 total saves.
In their last contest, Tampa Bay faced the Panthers in a game where the Lightning went home in defeat by a mark of 5-3. They had 2 attempts on the power play in this outing but didn't put one in the back of the net. The Lightning notched 3 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they were seeking. They had a PDO at even strength of 97 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 60.3%. Tampa Bay had a 53.3% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Tampa Bay played and it shows us they played like an average team. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 48.6% by earning a Fenwick of 35 and the Panthers ending the game with a 37 Fenwick.
On the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have earned 148 goals, 60 points, in addition to a points percentage of .682. They have granted a total of 114 goals to be scored by way of 89 goals at even strength and 25 goals while they were shorthanded. The Lightning have racked up 113 goals at even strength and 35 goals (5th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have a total of 139 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 25.18%. Tampa Bay has tried 1,328 shots (13th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 11.14%, while allowing their opponents 1,257 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 82.76% on the other teams 145 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 90.9%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Curtis McElhinney protecting the net. He has recorded 5,959 saves out of the 6,568 shots attempted against him, which gives him a percentage of .907. McElhinney is sitting with a lifetime record of 93-94-19 and has played in 246 games. He got the starting nod in 194 games and has played 12,834 minutes. McElhinney's rate of quality starts sits at 46.4% and he has 90 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. Teams are averaging 2.85 goals per contest and he has surrendered 609 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Carolina (+108)
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