Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 6/3/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+120) Lightning (-140)
Alex Nedeljkovic and the Carolina Hurricanes (36-12-8) head to Amalie Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Tampa Bay Lightning (36-17-3) in Game 3 of their series. Tampa leads 2-0. The odds on this game have the Hurricanes priced at +120 and the Lightning are at -140. The total opens at 5.5.
The Hurricanes were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 2-1 defeat to the Lightning in Game 2. The Corsi for the Hurricanes came in at 56 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 36 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 60.9%. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 54.3% and their PDO was 89.2 for this matchup. Carolina accounted for 4 penalty mins in this matchup. The Hurricanes could have played much better offensively in the defeat. Their Fenwick came in at 42 and the Fenwick Against sat at 24, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 63.6%. They had 22 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 27 opportunities to win the face-off. Additionally, they had 2 power play tries but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. For the outing, they scored on 1 out of the 32 shots they put on net.
In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Carolina Hurricanes have accumulated 175 goals (11th in the National Hockey League) for the season and have given up 134. For the season, they have earned 80 points and their points % is .714. Carolina steps onto the ice with 164 power play chances and they have added 42 goals out of those chances, giving them a rate of 25.61%. At even strength, the Hurricanes have conceded 108 goals while scoring 133 themselves. Carolina has tried 1,794 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.8%. The Hurricanes have had 1,581 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .915. Carolina Hurricanes opponents have totaled 176 power play tries (6th in pro hockey) and have tallied 26 goals in those chances.
The player between the pipes for this game is Alex Nedeljkovic. For his professional hockey career, Nedeljkovic has 17 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .630. His save percentage sits at .928 during his 1,698 minutes in the crease. Nedeljkovic has seen 788 shot attempts taken against him and has accrued 731 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 57 goals against Nedeljkovic in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.01. He has amassed an overall mark of 17-7-4 and he has gotten the start in 27 games. Nedeljkovic has been in net for 29 games throughout his hockey career.
In their Game 2 win, Tampa had 2 attempts on the power play but weren't able to score a goal. The Lightning had 2 goals out of the 15 shots on goal they pursued. They had a PDO of 111 and their oZS percentage was 45.7%. Tampa Bay had a 39.1% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Tampa Bay had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their Fenwick rate was 36.4% by tallying a Fenwick of 24 and the Hurricanes having racked up a 42 Fenwick at even strength.
For the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have earned a total of 180 goals, 75 points, and a points percentage of .670. They have granted a total of 145 goals to be scored by of a combination of 116 goals at even strength and 29 goals while they were shorthanded. The Lightning have tallied 140 goals at even strength and 40 goals (4th in hockey) while on the power play. They have a total of 179 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 22.35%. Tampa Bay has tried 1,692 shots (9th in the league) and has earned a shooting percentage of 10.64%, while allowing the opposition 1,583 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 84.15% on the other teams 183 tries on the power play, and their save percentage is currently 90.8%.
Across the rink you are going to see Andrei Vasilevskiy defending the goal. He is sitting with 8,435 saves out of the 9,171 shots taken, giving him a save % of .920. Vasilevskiy has earned a lifetime mark of 190-83-19 and has played in 302 games. He has started in 292 games and has accumulated 17,629 mins. Vasilevskiy's rate of quality starts sits at 56.2% and he has 164 quality starts in his pro hockey career. His opponents are averaging 2.51 goals per contest and he has relinquished 736 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-140)
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