Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Are the “Lightning” rehabilitating after a loss?
Carolina vs. Tampa Bay: NHL prediction for the match on February 23, 2021
Tampa Bay Lightning
On February 23, "Carolina" will fight "Tampa" in the NHL Championship and will try to upset the "Lightening" fans again. But will the guests fight back? Look for the answer in the prediction.
"Carolina" is one of the most stable teams right now and deservedly occupy the first line of the Central Division, with 25 points. The team can play great defensively but also performs quite well in attack. In both cases, the team will feel comfortable.
Note that the "Hurricanes" lost points in the last six matches only in the confrontation with "Florida" (3:4 OT). However, in two subsequent matches, they celebrated success over "Chicago" (5:3) and "Tampa" (4:0). At the same time, Rod Brind'Amour's guys played brilliantly in defense against "Lightning" and did not miss a single goal, and the goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic also played great, reflecting all 24 shots.
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Tampa Bay Lightning
"Tampa" is on a slight decline, having lost in the last three games out of four. However, most likely, this is a temporary phenomenon, since the club has a strong squad and a good coach, so it will hardly allow the losing streak to drag on for a long time.
But still, it is worth mentioning that before the match with "Carolina", the "Lightning" played an unsuccessful game against "Florida", in which they lost with the score of 4:6. Thus, in the two previous meetings, they conceded ten goals. Despite this, the team continues to be in the Top-4 and scored a total of 21 points. Though, on the road, Jon Cooper's squad celebrated success only four times in eight matches.
We think that "Carolina" will not be able to play as well in defense as they did in the previous game. "Tampa" is not used to losing twice in a row to the same opponent and usually they take revenge in the return leg. In our opinion, "Lightning" can adequately respond to the opponent and score at least three goals, since they have a powerful line of attack and, on average, differ by three goals, even in an away match.
Our prediction is the individual total over (3.5) goals for "Lightnings" with odds of 2.36 on 1xbet.