Betting on Carolina vs Tampa Bay NHL Odds
On Saturday, the Carolina Hurricanes head south to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning (38-22-4, 80 points) are in first place in the Atlantic Division and are coming off a 4-1 win at Ottawa. The Hurricanes (29-26-10, 68 points) are in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and are coming off a 3-1 win at New Jersey on Tuesday night. The full NHL betting odds for this one will be up shortly.
Betting on Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Odds
When: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
TV: FSCR, SunS
Radio: WDAE 620 AM / Tampa Bay Lightning Radio Network
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Lightning?
The Lightning continue to roll toward a playoff showdown with either the Rangers or the Capitals for control of the Eastern Conference, and the Hurricanes are way down the proverbial ladder. Of course, those are often the games that end up biting contenders in the end because they overlook opponents. However, the fact that the Lightning used a hot January and February to rise to the top of their division after a slow start makes them one of the hottest teams in the entire league. I like them to control matters over a team that still has to prove it can score consistently.
Why should you put your money on Carolina?
The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-1 victory over a Devils team that has one of the best defenses in the NHL. The fact that, for most of the season, the Hurricanes have been fairly low in the NHL in scoring (25th with 2.4 goals per game) could make this a sign that things are perking up. I don’t know if I would take Carolina straight up in this game against the Lightning, but I would take a goal or a goal and a half in the line and consider them, because they have a way of keeping games close. Their defense has improved to 16th (2.6 goals per game) from being in the bottom third of the league earlier in the season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I am picking Tampa Bay to manage affairs on their home ice and beat Carolina, 3-1.