Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated Jun 03, 2021

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have only given up two goals in the first two games and now head home to the Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.

Carolina
36-12-6-2
AT
June 03, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay
36-17-1-2
Puckline +1.5 -207
Moneyline +124
Over / Under o +5.5

40%

Betting Action

60%

Puckline -1.5 +172
Moneyline -149
Over / Under u +5.5

40%

Betting Action

60%

If the Hurricanes want to get back in this series they’ll need to find an answer to Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy, who, over his past three games, has a 0.979 save percentage stopping 97 of 99 shots.

Hurricanes vs. Lightning Stanley Cup Odds

It’s essentially a do-or-die game here for the visiting Carolina Hurricanes as a 3-0 series deficit is almost a certain death sentence. The Amelie Arena has not been kind to visiting teams as the Lightning’s home record ended at 21-7 in the regular season. 63 percent of our sports interaction customers have placed their money on the -157 favourite Lightning.

Tampa Bay has covered the spread in both games one and two putting them 5-3 against the spread so far this postseason, while the Canes have now taken an L in that column six games in a row.

The over/under stays at 5.5 again for Game 3, after playing the under in the first two. In 10 meetings this year the under is 9-1. Along with a hot goalie at each end, 85 percent of bettors had to side with the under at -131.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes threw everything they could at the Lightning net in game two, outshooting their opponents 32-15 and ending with five more scoring chances.

Andrei Svechnikov‘s goal was too little, too late, cutting the lead in half with a minute and a half to go in the third. Svechnikov has points in back-to-back games and has 17 points in 23 career playoff games. Captain Jordan Staal had a helper on the goal, boosting him to six points in eight games so far this postseason.

The Canes only gave the Lightning’s deadly powerplay two chances on Tuesday night and completely shut them down. The best chance on either of those opportunities came from Carolina when they broke down the ice on a shorthanded two-on-one.

The Hurricanes need to be better out the gate as they have conceded the first goal in seven of their eight games thus far in the postseason.

With Nino Niederreiter already sidelined the Hurricanes were leaning on other players to replace his goal scoring. Most likely candidate for the role, Vincent Trocheck, went down in the second period after crashing into his own guy. Niederreiter will be out for the series and there has been no update on how long Trocheck will miss.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning had to lean on their goaltender again in Carolina on Tuesday night as Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced. On Tuesday, Vasy was announced as one of three finalists for the Vezina trophy for the fourth year in a row. The 26-year-old took the award home in 2019.

Although they were held to only 15 shots on net, they recorded 15 scoring chances, proving quality over quantity is a good approach during playoff hockey.

Alex Killorn opened the scoring with his fifth of the playoffs, tying him with Brayden Point for the team lead and second league-wide.

Centreman Anthony Cirelli sealed the deal for the Bolts with his ninth career playoff goal. Victor Hedman picked up his playoff leading 10th assist on the play. Before the playoffs began Tampa announced their top defenceman would be playing through some injuries, so it’s scary to think how good he would be if he was at full health.

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