Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes NHL Central Division Finals Game 1 Preview and Free Picks
Tampa Bay Lightning will face another team that finished in their positions when the second round of the Stanley Cup play-offs begins on Sunday in Raleigh.
Carolina Hurricanes, the Central Division regular-season champion, is waiting for Lightning to see what form the seventh Best Series will take.
In eight regular season games, both teams posted a 4-3-1 record.
The Hurricanes beat Tampa Bay 18-17 in regular season games.
Each team in the first team played six games, Lightning beat second-ranked Florida and the Hurricanes eliminated fourth-ranked Nashville.
The Hurricanes needed overtime for each of the last four games in the first round of the series, with twice losing the first two overtime but dominating the last two games.
Both teams appear to be in better shape on the health front than in previous encounters.
Right back Nikita Kucherov Lightning missed the entire regular season after hip surgery, but he's back. Tampa Bay center Barclay Goodrow made his first appearance in Game 6 of the season.
Carolina Slavin made it easy to equalize the materials in Game 6 and after the victory, after losing time to lower body diseases in the first round. Winger Brock McGinn, who missed a few weeks at the end of the season, scored three goals in a Nashville series, while winger Jordan Martinuk, who was also out of the regular season on the ice, was praised for the lead in the first round.
The stage must be in the electronic PNC Arena, and the storms are approved to allow the entrance of more than 15,000 spectators to the building. During the first round, approximately 12,000 participated in the Carolina Home Games.
Tampa Bay opened the first round of the series against the Florida Panthers, winning multiple times. Carolina went 3-0 at home to Nashville.
After five hurricanes conceded the first goal in six games in the Nashville series, Carolina has shown her resilience.
Carolina spent exclusively with goalkeeper Alex Nedelkovic in her first NHL season. Lightning puts Andrei Vasilevsky on the net. He suspended Tampa Bay's last two playoff series: the 2020 Stanley Cup final and the Florida Series.
The Hurricanes don't have to reboot for the reigning champion. In the first round of 2019 they surprised 2018 champion Washington Capitals.
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