Hurricanes vs. Canadiens - 4/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (36-38-6) at Carolina Hurricanes (35-29-16)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RDS, FSS
The Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes meet Thursday night at the PNC Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power plays. Alex Galchenyuk leads Montreal with 28 goals, Max Pacioretty has 32 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 139 goals on 1,435 shots faced and Ben Scrivens has given up 42 goals on 447 shots. Condon has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Carolina Hurricanes look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.6 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 28 goals, Victor Rask has 26 assists and Jordan Staal has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 118 goals on 1,312 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 86 goals on 890 shots. Ward has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Canadiens are 6-22 in their last 28 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 18-44 in their last 62 games following a win. The Canadiens are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Canadiens have owned the Hurricanes over the years, but they've also been downright brutal on the road overall this season. So, while Montreal has the upperhand in the series part, you have to side with the Hurricanes in this spot.