NHL betting handicappers have an Eastern Conference race in which 6 teams are fighting for the final 2 playoff spots with each game being a do or die hockey betting situation.
The Carolina Hurricanes are one of those desperate 6 teams that cannot afford a loss as they travel to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning at the St Pete Forum on Friday night with a starting time of 7:30 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this critically important Eastern Conference showdown so be sure and open your account today.
Carolina was neck and neck with the Buffalo Sabres in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes had an overall hockey wagering record of 33-29-5-5 and were 14-17-3-3 on the road. Carolina was ranked 17th in the NHL for goal scoring and ranked 22nd for goals against.
The Canes lost 5 out of 7 games from March 4 through March 18 and went under the total in the last 6 games of that span.
Eric Staal has been one of the top centers in the NHL as he led Carolina with 29 goals and 35 assists while fellow center Jeff Skinner had 25 goals and 27 assists. Workhorse goaltender Cam Ward won 30 games and had a 2.62 goals against average with 3 shutouts.
Tampa Bay had a record of 39-22-4-6 with the hockey odds and was the biggest surprise in the NHL as they have been in a battle with the Washington Capitals for the Southeast Division lead. The Lightning were 22-9-1-4 at home and went over the total in 20 of 36 home games.
Tampa Bay was one of the top offensive teams in the NHL as center Steven Stamkos led the Bolts with a phenomenal 43 goals and 43 assists. Dwayne Roloson had a 2.54 goals against average with 4 shutouts.
Tampa Bay has scored 13 payouts in their last 20 home games against Carolina. The Lighting have beaten the Hurricanes in 4 of their last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay. This series has gone over the NHL betting total in 5 of the last 6 meetings at the St. Pete Forum.