Penguins vs. Hurricanes - 1/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (20-18-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (20-16-7)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -151 / Carolina Hurricanes +137 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, ROOT
The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Sunday at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 17 goals, Justin Faulk has 18 assists and Victor Rask has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 74 goals on 776 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 44 goals on 416 shots. Ward has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins need a big victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby has 22 assists and Phil Kessel has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 73 goals on 950 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 21 goals on 282 shots. Fleury has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Hurricanes are 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games and 10-24 in their last 34 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games and 16-35 in their last 51 vs. Metropolitan. The Hurricanes are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Penguins need this win to kind of stop the bleeding, and an inconsistent Carolina club could provide just that. The Hurricanes don't win very often in Pittsburgh. I'll eat the juice in what should be a Penguins victory.