Hurricanes vs. Penguins - 3/26/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (40-22-11) at Carolina Hurricanes (26-36-10)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +149 / Pittsburgh Penguins -165 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSS
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes play Thursday night at the PNC Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after losing five of their last six games. The Penguins are averaging 2.7 goals and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have two power play goals in their last four games and have won 11 straight when scoring at least three goals. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 28 goals, Sidney Crosby has 50 assists and Chris Kunitz has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 124 goals on 1,608 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 44 goals on 504 shots.
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The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.2 goals and have scored three goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have scored one power play goal in their last four games and have won six of their last eight when scoring at least three goals. Eric Staal leads Carolina with 19 goals, Justin Faulk has 31 assists and Jeff Skinner has 208 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Cam Ward has allowed 106 goals on 1,176 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 76 goals on 784 shots.
The Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-11 in their last 15 vs. Metropolitan. The Hurricanes are 16-35 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning record and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Penguins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Carolina and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings overall.
Neither team could get a win right now if their life depended on it. With that being said, I'm going to back the home team and the valuable plus money.