Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes Game 5 odds, picks and prediction

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to dispatch the Carolina Hurricanes from the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs Tuesday, as they head into Game 5 at PNC Arena with a 3-1 series lead. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.M. ET. Below, we analyze the Lightning-Hurricanes odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.

The Lightning stole Games 1 and 2 from the Central Division’s top-seeded Hurricanes. Carolina responded with a 3-2 overtime victory in Tampa, Fla. In Game 3, as head coach Rod Brind’Amour made a goalie change from rookie Alex Nedeljkovic to veteran Petr Mrazek; however, Mrazek allowed 6 goals on a modest 26 shots in the Hurricanes’ 6-4 loss in Game 4.

With a win Tuesday, the Lightning will advance to Round 3 and await the winner of the East Division Final between the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders. The Islanders lead that series 3-2 with Game 6 to be played Wednesday in New York.

Lightning at Hurricanes: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:21 a.M. ET.

  • Money line : Lightning -125 (bet $125 to win $100) | Hurricanes +105 (bet $100 to win $105).
  • Against the spread/ATS : Lightning -1.5 (+200) | Hurricanes +1.5 (-250).
  • Over/Under : 5.5 (O: +110 | U: -135).
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    Lightning at Hurricanes: Projected starting goalies

    Andrei Vasilevskiy (31-10-1, .925 SV%, 2.21 GAA) vs. Alex Nedeljkovic (15-5-3, .932 SV%, 1.90 GAA). Stats from regular season.

    Vasilevskiy owns a .928 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average through 10 games this postseason. He allowed 4 goals on 25 shots at home in Game 4, but he stopped 68 of 70 shots while winning the first two games of the series in Carolina.

    Nedeljkovic, recently named a Calder Trophy finalist, should return to the crease after Mrazek’s poor performance in Game 4. The top rookie allowed a total of 4 goals on 45 shots in the first two games of the series and was hardly to blame for the losses. He went 4-2 with a .922 SV% while starting every game of Round 1 against the Nashville Predators.

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    Lightning at Hurricanes: Odds, lines, predictions and picks


    Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2.

    Money line (ML)

    The HURRICANES (+105) are the pick as short home underdogs. Their two losses on home ice in this series were both by a 2-1 margin and Nedeljkovic posted a .934 SV% and 1.76 GAA over 10 home games in the regular season.

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    The Hurricanes have outshot the Lightning 122-108 in the series and have registered 55.0% of the even-strength shot attempts. The Bolts will win the series, but back the Central Division’s higher-seeded team to force a Game 6 back in Tampa.

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    Against the spread (ATS)

    Bet HURRICANES +1.5 (-250) but only as part of a parlay with too much risk in a standalone play. It would take a $250 bet to turn a profit of $100 if backing the ‘Canes with a single goal of insurance in the event of a loss.

    Still, the Hurricanes went 3-0 at home in Round 1 against the Nashville Predators and outplayed the Lightning with 57.9% of the shot attempts at PNC Arena in the first two games of this series.

    Over/Under (O/U)

    Back the UNDER 5.5 (-135) in a high-pressure potential elimination game. Nedeljkovic was excellent at home in the regular season and Vasilevskiy has bounced right back from the few lackluster outings he has had this postseason.

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