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Penguins vs. Hurricanes - 3/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes (31-26-13) at Pittsburgh Penguins (37-24-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Carolina Hurricanes --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSS, ROOT

The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Carolina Hurricanes could use a win after losing eight of their last 13 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 25 goals, Jordan Staal has 23 assists and Victor Rask has 136 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 106 goals on 1,136 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 71 goals on 740 shots. Ward has allowed eight goals in his last three games.

Penguins vs. Hurricanes - 3/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 29 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 31 assists and Phil Kessel has 224 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 120 goals on 1,532 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 32 goals on 384 shots. Fleury has allowed six goals in his last three games.

The Hurricanes are 17-40 in their last 57 vs. a team with a winning record and 2-6 in their last 8 road games. The Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 10-4 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins are the better team here and have won 11 of their last 14 home games. The Hurricanes are just in bad form and it's tough seeing them going into Pittsburgh and leaving with a win. Give me the home team.

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