Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 5/30/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Sunday, May 30, 2021
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (-105) Hurricanes (-111)
Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning (36-17-3) are headed to PNC Arena on Sunday where they'll meet the Carolina Hurricanes (36-12-8) in Game 1 of their series. The Hurricanes open this matchup at -111 while the Lightning are coming in at -105. The total is set at 6.5.
The Lightning went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4-0 win over the Panthers to close out their series in 6 games. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 44.8% and their PDO rating was 113.0 in this game. They accrued 16 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 29 and the Fenwick against finished at 37, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 43.9%. The Corsi for the Lightning was sitting at 38 and the Corsi against was 48 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 44.2%. Tampa Bay earned 6 minutes in the box for this game. They also had 3 chances with extra men on the ice and notched 1 goal. The Lightning had a impressive offensive outing in the victory. For the game, they scored on 4 out of the 24 shots they tried.
Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the Tampa Bay Lightning have racked up 180 goals (8th in hockey) on the year and have allowed 145. For the season, they have tallied 75 points and their points percentage comes in at .670. Tampa Bay has 179 power play opportunities and they have tallied 40 goals during those advantages, earning them a rate of 22.35%. At even strength, the Lightning have surrendered 116 goals while earning 140 of their own. Tampa Bay has taken 1,692 shots and holds a shot percentage of 10.6%. The Lightning have had 1,583 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .908. Tampa Bay Lightning opponents have earned 183 power play opportunities (2nd in hockey) and have notched 29 goals in those attempts.
The player in the crease for this game is Andrei Vasilevskiy. The opposition has scored 736 goals versus Vasilevskiy in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.51. Vasilevskiy has played in 302 contests over the course of his pro hockey career. He has a save percentage of .920 during his 17,629 minutes guarding the cage. He has amassed a mark of 190-83-19 and he started in 292 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Vasilevskiy has 164 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .562. Vasilevskiy has seen 9,171 shots taken against him and has recorded 8,435 saves.
Carolina won their Game 6 against Nashville 4-3 to close out their series. Their PDO at even strength was 102 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 55.8%. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this outing and converted 1 out of those attempts. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 49.4% by earning a Fenwick of 41 and the Predators finishing with a 42 Fenwick at even strength. The Hurricanes scored 4 goals of the 31 shots on goal they attempted. Carolina earned a 54.1% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Carolina had and they looked good in this game.
The Hurricanes have earned 133 goals at even strength and 42 goals (3rd in hockey) while on the power play. Carolina has attempted 1,794 shots (5th in the league) and has a shot percentage of 9.75%, while allowing their opponents 1,581 shots. On the campaign, the Carolina Hurricanes have tallied 175 goals, 80 points, in addition to a points percentage of .714. They have earned 164 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 25.61%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 85.23% on the other teams 176 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 91.5%. They have granted a total of 134 goals to be scored by way of 108 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the rink you are expected to see Alex Nedeljkovic between the pipes. Nedeljkovic is the owner of a lifetime record of 17-7-4 and has participated in 29 games. Nedeljkovic's percentage of quality starts sits at 63.0% and he has accumulated 17 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has compiled 731 stops out of the 788 shots attempted, which gives him a percentage of .928. Opponents are averaging 2.01 goals per game and he has relinquished 57 goals in total. He has started in 27 contests and has been on the ice for 1,698 mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-105)
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