Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 2/22/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
TV: Fox Sports Carolina
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (-125) Hurricanes (+113)
James Reimer and the Carolina Hurricanes (12-3-1) play the Tampa Bay Lightning (10-4-1) at PNC Arena on Monday. The Hurricanes open this matchup at +113 while the Lightning are priced at -125. The O/U is set at 6.
The Lightning will look for better times on the ice after their 4-0 defeat to the Hurricanes in the last game they played. The Corsi for the Lightning sat at 48 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 53 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 47.5%. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 71.0% and their PDO rating was 84.0 for this matchup. Tampa Bay recorded 2 penalty minutes for this game. The Lightning had a below average offensive performance in the loss. Their Fenwick was 36 and the Fenwick against was 38, giving them a Fenwick rate of 48.6%. They had 24 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 23 attempts to take control of the puck. Additionally, they had 1 attempt on the power play but didn't convert it into a score. In the matchup, they walked away having not converted any of the 24 shots they tried.
The Lightning have had 418 shots attempted against them and have earned a save percentage of .914. When at even strength, the Lightning have allowed the opponent to score 29 goals while getting 41 on the offensive side of the ice. Tampa Bay Lightning opponents have 51 power play tries (19th in professional hockey) and have notched 7 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have accumulated 21 points and their points % is .700. Tampa Bay has tried 460 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 11.7%. When it comes to their scoring capabilities, the Tampa Bay Lightning have tallied 54 goals (10th in hockey) on the campaign and have surrendered 36. Tampa Bay comes into the game with 51 power play opportunities and they have tallied 13 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 25.49%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Andrei Vasilevskiy. Over the course of his career, Vasilevskiy has compiled 149 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .567. His save percentage currently sits at .919 in his 15,883 mins in the crease. Vasilevskiy has seen 8,304 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 7,635 total saves. Opponents have racked up 669 goals against Vasilevskiy in his pro career and his goals against rate is 2.53. He has accumulated a win-loss mark of 168-76-19 and he has gotten the start in 263 games. Vasilevskiy has been in goal for 273 contests over the course of his NHL career.
In their win over Tampa, the Hurricanes PDO was 116 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 29.0%. They had 2 power play chances in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Their Fenwick rate came in at 51.4% by amassing a Fenwick of 38 and the Lightning having notched a 36 Fenwick. The Hurricanes converted 4 goals of the 28 shots on goal they tried. Carolina earned a 52.5% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Carolina had and it was a good performance overall.
Carolina has put up 512 shots (13th in hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 11.52%, while allowing the opposition 448 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 80.36% on their oppositions 56 tries on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.4%. They have a total of 52 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 28.85%. The Hurricanes have accumulated 44 goals at even strength and 15 goals (5th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have allowed 43 goals to be scored by way of 32 goals at even strength and 11 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the Carolina Hurricanes are sitting with 59 goals, 25 points, as well as a points percentage of .781.
Across the ice you are going to see James Reimer defending the goal. Teams are averaging 2.81 goals/game and he has given up 941 goals altogether. Reimer's rate of quality starts is 50.9% and he has qualified for 172 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has started in 338 games and has racked up 20,121 minutes. Reimer has accumulated a career mark of 166-127-41 and has participated in 372 contests. He has a tally of 9,889 stops out of 10,830 shots attempted, which gives him a percentage of .913.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-125)
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