Arizona Coyotes vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 12/12/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (10-13-4) at Arizona Coyotes (14-14-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -149 / Carolina Hurricanes +115 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, FSAZ
The Carolina Hurricanes and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday night at the Gila River Arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes hope for a strong road victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power plays. Justin Faulk leads Carolina with 11 goals, Kris Versteeg has 13 assists and Victor Rask has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 56 goals on 522 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 26 goals on 190 shots. Ward has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Arizona Coyotes need another victory after losing five of their last six games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power plays. Max Domi leads Arizona with 10 goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 12 assists and Mikkel Boedker has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their power play chances. Mike Smith has allowed 59 goals on 598 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 25 goals on 249 shots. Smith has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Hurricanes are 24-52 in their last 76 games playing on 0 days rest and 24-57 in their last 81 Saturday games. The Coyotes are 6-20 in their last 26 Saturday games and 17-35 in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Arizona and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.
Neither team has been that consistent this season and they both played last night. I'm giving the slight edge to the home team here based on last of rest and inconsistencies.