Lightning vs. Hurricanes Prediction
The Lightning and Hurricanes open their series on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET in Carolina, where the puck will drop at 5:00 p.m. ET. The under has been profitable in previous meetings between these two teams but will that be the case in Game 1?
051 Tampa Bay Lightning (-110) at 052 Carolina Hurricanes (-110); o/u 5.5
5:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 30, 2021
Venue: PNC Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning DFS Spin
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside all 29 shots he faced during Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 6. The Lightning played a solid defensive game in front of their superstar netminder and they spotted him 1-0 and 2-0 leads after the first two periods. This was the first shutout of the series for the 26-year-old goaltender. He now has a 4-2 record with a 2.64 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage in this postseason. The Bolts will take on either Carolina or Nashville in the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. No matter who the Bolts play, they'll have the advantage between the pipes with Vasilevskiy.
Carolina Hurricanes DFS Spin
Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves on 27 shots during Thursday's 4-3 OT win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6. Nedeljkovic allowed three goals on a total of 27 shots and finished his night with a .889 save percentage. This was not Nedeljkovic's best performance, and in fact this was the first time during this entire series that Nedeljkovic failed to crack a .900 save percentage. He redeemed himself in the third and overtime, where he allowed no goals and helped his team win this series and earn a spot in the second round. Nedeljkovic will have to be at the top of his game heading forward if he wants a serious shot at taking home the Stanley Cup, as the road to the finals this year only gets tougher. The defending champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, are up next against the Hurricanes and Nedeljkovic will have to play his best hockey if he hopes to compete with Andrei Vasileskiy on the other end of the ice.
Lightning vs. Hurricanes NHL Prediction
The under is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in Carolina. On the other side, the under is 5-1-1 in the Lightning’s last seven road games and is 8-3 in the Hurricanes’ last11 home games.
NHL PREDICTION: LIGHTNING/HURRICANES UNDER 5.5