Lightning vs Hurricanes Odds, Predictions, Betting Lines, Picks & Preview for NHL Playoffs Game 3 on FanDuel

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Tampa Bay Lightning v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Two
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Lightning vs. Hurricanes NHL Game 3 Info

NHL Playoffs Game 3 (TB leads series 2-0)
Tampa Bay Lightning (36-17-3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (36-12-8)
Date: Thursday, June 3
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Amalie Arena Lightning vs. Hurricanes

Moneyline, Total and Odds

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Moneyline: Lightning -168 | Hurricanes +142
Spread: Lightning -1.5 (+164) | Hurricanes +1.5 (-200)
Total: 5.5 Over +116 | Under -142
Odds to win Stanley Cup: Lightning +260 | Hurricanes +2200

Lightning vs. Hurricanes Predictions and Picks

  • Hurricanes +142
  • Over 5.5 +116

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes News, Analysis, and Picks

The Carolina Hurricanes deserved a better fate in Games 1 and 2, as they outplayed the Tampa Bay Lightning at five-on-five and across all strengths. Nevertheless, they dropped both contests, and now the series shifts to Tampa Bay for the next two games. Can the Canes get back on track in Game 3?

The Canes have been efficient defensively in this series, limiting the Bolts to a cumulative 40 scoring chances and 18 high-danger opportunities across all strengths. The most shots the Lightning attempted in a period in Game 2 were six, as they were held to a total of 15 throughout the game. All of this while out-possessing the Lightning at five-on-five and across all strengths in both games.

Those possession metrics have allowed the Hurricanes to maintain their impressive offensive production. Carolina has attempted 70 shots across the two games, increasing their chances to 29 scoring opportunities, 11 of which came from high-danger areas. That makes it 11 or more high-danger chances in seven of eight games this postseason, a continuation of their dominant regular-season effort. They haven't broken through in this series and have scored only two goals for a 2.9% shooting percentage. In combination with their save percentage, that makes their PDO .929, well-below average and an indicator that Carolina should progress.

Carolina's loss has been the Lightning's gain, as they have seen their PDO increase over their last two outings. That prolongs the Bolts' good fortune, bringing their PDO up to 1.033 at five-on-five and jumping to 1.057 across all strengths.

Tampa has been outplayed at five-on-five in six of eight games this season, including two of three on home ice, and outplayed in seven of eight across all strengths. PDO and expected goals-for percentage both indicate that the Bolts are due for correction. The same scenario played out in the first round when the Bolts stole both road games against the Florida Panthers before returning home with a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 was arguably their worst performance of the postseason as the Bolts gave up 49 shots, 47 scoring chances, and 14 high-danger chances across all strengths in a 6-5 defeat.

Carolina has been the better team this series but is stuck in a 2-0 series deficit. Tonight is their best chance to get back in this series, and we're backing them as moderately priced underdogs. The Canes' output should grow to catch up with production metrics, resulting in a high-scoring game. That's been the Lightning's trend on home ice this season, with two of the three games going over the total.  


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