Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 3/5/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
TV: Bally Sports South
The Tampa Bay Lightning (37-19-5) are traveling to PNC Arena on Sunday where they will play the Carolina Hurricanes (40-12-8).
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5-4 loss to the Penguins in their previous game. Tampa Bay accrued 10 penalty minutes in this game. Furthermore, they had 5 opportunities with more players on the ice and scored 2 goals. The Lightning had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in this defeat. In the matchup, they converted 4 of the 31 shots they launched.
Tampa Bay Lightning opponents have 193 power play tries (15th in hockey) and have earned 35 goals in those attempts. The Lightning so far have had 1,927 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .905. Tampa Bay has taken 1,962 shots and holds a shot percentage of 11.0%. While at even strength, the Lightning let the opposition score 148 goals while earning 160 on offense. Tampa Bay skates onto the rink with 212 power play chances and they have scored 55 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 25.94%. For the current season, they have tallied 79 points and their points percentage comes in at .648. In reference to their scoring capabilities, the Tampa Bay Lightning have racked up 215 goals (6th in the National Hockey League) so far this season and have allowed 183.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Andrei Vasilevskiy. Throughout his time in hockey, Vasilevskiy has 231 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .576. His save percentage is at .919 during his 24,149 mins guarding the cage. Vasilevskiy has had 12,487 shots against him and has recorded 11,475 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 1,012 goals versus Vasilevskiy in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.51. He has amassed a record of 257-116-27 and was named the starter in 401 games. Vasilevskiy has participated in 411 games throughout his hockey career.
Their last time out, Carolina went up against the Coyotes in a matchup where the Hurricanes ended up with the win by a mark of 6-1. The Hurricanes recorded 6 goals of the 42 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game and scored 3 out of those opportunities.
The Hurricanes are sitting with 163 goals at even strength and 40 goals (17th in hockey) while on the power play. Carolina has tried 2,108 shots (3rd in the league) and has a shot percentage of 9.63%, while allowing their opponents 1,571 shots. On the year, the Carolina Hurricanes have accumulated 203 goals, 88 points, and a points percentage of .733. They have permitted 153 goals to be scored by of a combination of 119 goals at even strength and 34 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have a total of 195 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play rate of 20.51%. They have a penalty kill rate of 83.08% on their opponents 201 power play tries, and their save percentage is 90.3%.
Across the rink you are likely to see Frederik Andersen in net. He is sitting with 12,567 stops out of 13,726 shots attempted against him, which gives him a rate of .916. Andersen has accrued a career mark of 275-120-51 and has participated in 466 games. He has made the start in 453 games and has played 26,894 mins. Andersen's quality start rate sits at 57.0% and he has qualified for 258 quality starting assignments in his career. The opposition is averaging 2.59 goals per game and he has allowed 1,159 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Carolina
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