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Hurricanes vs. Lightning NHL Playoffs Odds and Game 3 Pick – June 3rd, 2021

By Hank Blaine

After playing Game 1 and Game 2 on the road, winning by the same result, the Tampa Bay Lightning return home for Game 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes already have the pressure on them, looking to lower their chances of elimination. But another win by the defending champions would put them very close to ending their season sooner than later.

Can the Lightning get three wins in a row? Or will the Hurricanes bring the storm on Tampa Bay and get on the the series board? We will dive into this and more in our exclusive preview for tonight’s Game 3 of the Hurricanes vs. Lightning series, along with the latest NHL odds, betting trends and expert predictions. Be sure to check for more Stanley Cup odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook.

Hurricanes vs. Lightning Game 3 Information

  • When: Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
  • Radio: The Fan 99.9 FM (Hurricanes) // WFLA 970 AM (Lightning)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning (-156) / OU: 5.5

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Why Bet on the Carolina Hurricanes?

While their performance in Round 1 against the Nashville Predators had them with an goals per game average of 3.67, they haven’t been even close to that going up against Andrei Vasilevskiy. In just the past eight games they’ve had against each other, the Hurricanes have only won two of those encounters, being limited to two goals or less in six games.

The lack of offense is killing them softly. Sebastian Aho, who was the team’s leading scorer during this regular season, hasn’t been able to shake off his bad luck so far in the postseason. He hasn’t received any points in this series. Others like Teuvo Teravainen only has one goal. In total the team has scored just two goals and allowed four in this series alone.

Why Bet on the Tampa Bay Lightning?

The defending champs have been doing quite well when it comes to limiting the Canes offensive line. They lead 15-11 in high danger chances and also have and advantage with shot attempts. But they need be careful on being heavily outshot by them, considering they have an average of scoring 2.40 goals per game in their past five home games.

Andrei Vasilevskiy keeps providing the headache for many offenses. He has stopped 68 of 70 shots in just this series, making that a 97% save percentage rate. In just the first two games, he’s posted a +3.78 goals saved above expectation. He is in top form right now, and his confidence is at a high point, making him an unstoppable force. He’s a hard wall to bring, especially with a home field advantage.

Hurricanes vs. Lightning Betting Trends

  • The Hurricanes are 2-4 SU in the last 6 games.
  • The Hurricanes are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games on the road.
  • The totals went under in 6 of Carolina’s last 7 games played in June.
  • The Lightning are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
  • The Lightning are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games this season.
  • The totals went under in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games.

Hurricanes vs. Lightning Expert Betting Predictions

It might be huge scores so far, but it has been very contested. The Carolina Hurricanes due have a great offense, which led them into the playoffs without much hassle. But it seems that theirs a lot of weight on their shoulders and hits hard for them to hold on. Meanwhile, we have defending Stanley Cup champion looking for a repeat, and many could say it’s going that way. Another win tonight will definitely keep pushing that idea forward.

It’s a tough call after seeing Game 1, as this series could shift in either way. Let’s see what Game 2 has in stalled for us tonight!

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.