Hurricanes vs. Penguins - 2/12/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (27-19-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (24-21-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +109 / Pittsburgh Penguins -120 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSS
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes play Friday night at the PNC Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 24 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 26 assists and Phil Kessel has 168 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 93 goals on 1,157 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 28 goals on 364 shots. Fleury has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Carolina Hurricanes look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 19 goals, Justin Faulk has 19 assists and Victor Rask has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 78 goals on 846 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 59 goals on 597 shots. Ward has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Hurricanes are 18-39 in their last 57 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 15-36 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning record. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Hurricanes have yet to play consistent hockey and are running into a Penguins team that's starting to put another decent streak together. I look for Pittsburgh to get the job done here.