Hurricanes vs. Penguins - 1/12/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (20-16-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (18-18-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +111 / Pittsburgh Penguins -123 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSS, TVA
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes square off Tuesday night at the PNC Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby has 19 assists and Phil Kessel has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.2 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 65 goals on 904 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 21 goals on 282 shots. Fleury has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Carolina Hurricanes could also use a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 15 goals, Justin Faulk has 17 assists and Victor Rask has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 69 goals on 729 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 43 goals on 392 shots. Ward has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record. The Hurricanes are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Carolina and the road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
There's really not much seperation between either of these teams and the Penguins have actually been bad lately against teams with losing records. The Hurricanes are at home, so I'll side with the home team and plus money in this toss-up spot.