NHL action continues this week, as the reigning Stanley Cup champions host the Carolina Hurricanes in a re-match from the playoffs last season. You can find the latest NHL odds below, and best bet for the match-up.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-135|
|Carolina Hurricanes (+1.5)||-195|
|Tampa Bay Lightning (-1.5)||+170|
|Over 5.5 Goals||-117|
|Under 5.5 Goals||+106|
Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning Looking For Second Straight Win
This will be a rematch between the sides that met in the second round of the playoffs last season. On that occasion, the Lightning roared past the Hurricanes winning in five games en route to winning their second straight Stanley Cup success. The aim for Tampa will be the same once again this season, as they look to join famous company and win a third straight famous honour.
It already looks as though they will have a big challenge to achieve that in the Eastern Conference, as a number of the franchises in contention have started the season strong, including the Hurricanes. Tampa have won six from 12 at the start of the season, with two of their defeats coming in overtime. The Lightning made it a fourth win in five games on Saturday evening, as they edged past the Ottawa Senators with a 5-3 win on the road. The Lightning made their dominance count in the final period, as they scored three goals to put the game out of sight. Victor Hedman and Anthony Cirelli were among the scorers in the win for Tampa.
Hurricanes Top Of Metropolitan
It has been a strong start to the new season for the Carolina Hurricanes, and they look a very decent bet to at least make the playoffs this season. They are currently the leaders of the Metropolitan Division, having won nine of the ten games that they have played. Only the Florida Panthers have a better regular season record in the Western Conference at this stage of the season. But, there is still a very long way to go this season.
A first defeat of the season was inflicted on the Hurricanes over the weekend, as they were relentlessly beaten by the Panthers. Florida stormed into a healthy advantage after the opening period, as they scored four unanswered goals. Carolina threatened to get back in the game with two of their own in the second, but the Panthers added a fifth in the final period. Vincent Trocheck and Jesper Fast scored the goals in the defeat for the Hurricanes on Saturday evening.
The franchises last met in competitive competition in the playoffs, with the Lightning running out easy winners. However, the Hurricanes have won two of the previous games between the sides in the regular season.
Hurricanes vs Lightning Pick
The Hurricanes have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, but this is one of the hardest challenges that they have faced. We would be keen to take them on the spread.
Pick: Carolina Hurricanes (+1.5)