Wild vs. Hurricanes - 3/19/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (31-27-13) at Minnesota Wild (32-28-11)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild / Carolina Hurricanes --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, FSN
The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 25 goals, Jordan Staal has 23 assists and Victor Rask has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 106 goals on 1,136 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 75 goals on 788 shots. Ward has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Minnesota Wild look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power plays. Charlie Coyle leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Zach Parise has 23 assists and Thomas Vanek has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 129 goals on 1,535 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 41 goals on 488 shots. Dubnyk has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-10 in their last 11 vs. Metropolitan. The Hurricanes are 2-6-1 in the last 9 meetings in Minnesota and 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings overall.
The Hurricanes remain a team thats tough to back, and they've struggled big time on the road. The Wild are in far better form and have beaten the Hurricanes in 11 of the last 17 meetings. Give me the home team.