Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes Game 2 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated May 31, 2021

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The number one seeded Hurricanes try to tie the series on home ice at the PNC arena where they have been lights out so far in 2021.

Tampa Bay
36-17-1-2
AT
June 01, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
PNC Arena
Carolina
36-12-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -282
Moneyline -103
Over / Under o +5.5

58%

Betting Action

42%

Puckline -1.5 +233
Moneyline -117
Over / Under u +5.5

58%

Betting Action

42%

Game 1 went to the Lightning, as they held on to win a 2-1 goaltending battle on the road Saturday.

Lightning vs. Hurricanes Stanley Cup Odds

76 percent of bettors have placed their bets on the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning at -107. Game one of round two was the first time the Hurricanes have lost on home ice so far this postseason. Carolina is now 23-4-5 overall on home ice and being in front of 16,299 screaming Caneiacs could power them to even the series.

Although both squads feature a dangerous offence, they’ve only played the over once in nine meetings this year. Sunday night’s goaltending battle was sealed by a weak goal allowed by Canes goalie Alex Nedeljkovic late in the third. With the over/under at 5.5 and the odds even at -110 each, 60 percent of bettors are taking the over.

Both teams had identical records against the spread going into game one and with Tampa covering on Sunday, their record is 28-35 overall.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped the puck 37 times on the 38 Hurricanes shots he faced in Game 1, marking the fourth time in seven games that he has allowed a goal or less this postseason. No stranger to playoff hockey, Vasi has a career .921 save percentage and 2.38 goals-against average in 65 playoff appearances.

Barclay Goodrow snuck the game-winner short side to put the Bolts up 2-1 in the third period. In 49 playoff games, he has only scored four goals, but he makes them count as three of them are game-winners.

Nikita Kucherov’s assist on the opening powerplay goal brought him to 12 points in 7 games so far this postseason. Kucherov, tied for the lead in scoring missed the regular season after having surgery in the off-season.

The Bolts blueline has been shaken up to start the series. David Savard did not play in game one after suffering an upper-body injury sometime after round one. Erik Cernak should be good to go for game 2, says his coach after getting helped off from a sandwich between a pair of Hurricanes.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes lead the game with 38 shots and ended with 16 scoring chances but they just could not get the puck past the Lightning’s netminder.

Rookie defenceman Jake Bean tied the game at one on his first career NHL playoff goal early in the third. The powerplay goal was their only conversion on five attempts, bringing their postseason percentage to 20.8. While the powerplay has been subpar, their penalty kill is running at a nice 86.2 percent. To keep that up they will have to stop the league’s best powerplay; which did not happen in Game 1.

Cane’s forward Nino Niederreiter will miss the entire second round according to coach Rob Brind’Amour. Niederreiter played all six games in the first round picking up a goal, but got hurt in practice on Saturday and did not play in the series opener.

With him out, Cedric Paquette made his 2021 NHL playoff debut. Paquette was a member of the Stanley Cup-winning Lightning team last year and being the hard nose player he is, it will be fun to see how he treats his former teammates.

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