The Tampa Bay Lightning are fighting for their fourth consecutive Eastern Conference championship. Although they are playoff found, the Lightning is older and lacks past depth. By contrast, the Carolina Hurricanes are leading the Metropolitan Division standings. The NHL Betting question is if the Canes have enough to make a serious playoff run. Certainly, the Vegas Golden Knights and Edmonton Oilers have such ability. Tuesday’s top two games feature the Lighting at Hurricanes and the Oilers at Golden Knights.
NHL Free Picks – Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes
Faceoff time at PNC Arena is at 7 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN+.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are 42-26-6 straight up and 36-39 over/under the total. Also, Tampa Bay is 3rd in the Atlantic Division playoff standings. Tampa Bay is five points behind the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Late on, Tampa Bay has covered three out of their last eight games. At the same time, the Lightning has gone over the total in four of its previous six matchups.
Tampa Bay has NHL rankings of 10th for goals scored and 4th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Lightning have NHL rankings of 13th for goals against and 15th for penalty killing.
First among Tampa Bay scorers is Nikita Kucherov, with 28 goals, 74 assists, 102 points, and a +0. Also, Brayden Point has 45 goals, 38 assists, 83 points, and a +2.
First goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has a .914 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average. His record is 31-20-4 with two shutouts.
The Carolina Hurricanes are 47-16-8 straight up and 32-37 over/under the total. Also, Carolina is 1st in the Metropolitan Division playoff standings. In the Metropolitan Division playoff race, New Jersey is two points behind the Hurricanes. Late on, Carolina has covered three out of their last four games. In comparison, the Hurricanes have gone over the NHL Picks Today total in four of its previous six matchups.
Carolina has NHL rankings of 13th for goals scored and 18th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Hurricanes have NHL rankings of 2nd for goals against and 2nd for penalty killing.
First among Carolina scorers is Martin Necas, with 27 goals, 40 assists, 67 points, and a +6. Also, Sebastian Aho has 32 goals, 29 assists, 61 points, and a +10.
First goaltender Frederik Anderson has a .903 save percentage and 2.44 goals against average. His record is 19-8 with one shutout.
In this Betting on the NHL situation, Tampa Bay will offer more value as the playoff-bound team getting a discount on the road.
Betmaker Best Bet: Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Betting Picks - Edmonton Oilers at Vegas Golden Knights
Faceoff time at T-Mobile Arena is at 10 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN+.
The Edmonton Oilers are 41-23-9 straight up and 43-33 over/under the total. Also, Edmonton is 3rd in the Pacific Division playoff standings. Edmonton is seven points behind the Golden Knights in the Pacific Division playoff race. Late on, Edmonton has covered five out of their last six games. At the same time, the Oilers have gone under the NHL Best Picks total in one of its previous seven matchups.
Edmonton has NHL rankings of 1st for goals scored and 1st for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Oilers have NHL rankings of 22nd for goals against and 25th for penalty killing.
First among Edmonton scorers is Connor McDavid, with 60 goals, 79 assists, 139 points, and a +16. Also, Leon Draisaitl has 45 goals, 67 assists, 112 points, and a +1.
First goaltender Stuart Skinner has a .909 save percentage and 2.93 goals against average. His record is 23-14-5 with 0 shutouts.
The Vegas Golden Knights are 46-21-6 straight up and 31-36 over/under the total. Also, Vegas is 1st in the Pacific Division playoff standings. In the Western Conference playoff race, Los Angeles is four points behind the Golden Knights. Late on, Vegas has covered eight out of their last nine games. In comparison, the Golden Knights have gone under the total in one of its previous seven matchups.
Vegas has NHL rankings of 15th for goals scored and 18th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Golden Knights have NHL rankings of 10th for goals against and 17th for penalty killing.
First among Vegas scorers is Jack Eichel with 27 goals, 31 assists, 58 points, and a +21. Also, Jonathan Marchessault has 24 goals, 28 assists, 52 points, and a -2.
First goaltender Logan Thompson has a .915 save percentage and 2.65 goals against average. His record is 21-13-3 with two shutouts.
Vegas is in top form and with momentum in this matchup.
Betmaker Best Bet: Vegas Golden Knights
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