Penguins vs. Hurricanes - 12/31/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (10-22-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (22-9-5)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -230 / Carolina Hurricanes +205 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, ROOT
The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins play Wednesday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes have lost four of their last five games and are dead last in their division. The Hurricanes are averaging two goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have one power play goal in their last five games and have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Jiri Tlusty leads the Hurricanes with 10 goals, Justin Faulk has 14 assists and Jeff Skinner has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Anton Khudobin has allowed 30 goals on 310 shots faced and Cam Ward has given up 60 goals on 685 shots.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are quietly losing ground in the standings after losing four straight. The Penguins are averaging three goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have one power play goal in their last six games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 16 goals, Sidney Crosby has 27 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 62 goals on 850 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 18 goals on 223 shots.
The Hurricanes are 5-16 in their last 21 road games and 20-42 in their last 62 overall. The Penguins are 86-37 in their last 123 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh and 3-9 in the last 12 meetings overall.
Even with the insane plus money on the Hurricanes, you can't take them in this spot with the way they've been playing. The Penguins should crush the Hurricanes, which is why I suggest taking the spread to give you more value.