Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 10/30/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (3-4-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (2-3-2)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -111 / Philadelphia Flyers -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers look to keep their offense rolling as they travel to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
The Flyers got off to a hot start last night but couldn’t sustain their defensive pressure and ultimately lost a 5-4 thriller against their in-state rivals from Pittsburgh and now they have to regroup in a hurry as they take on the Canes. Philadelphia has a very strong offense led by Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, and Jakub Voracek and have a serviceable blue line to boot but still haven’t been able to find a goaltender who can steal them games as Steve Mason is logging most of the starts and he has been mediocre. The Flyers will likely turn to Michal Neuvirth in this one and if he can replicate his playoff run last season he should be able to steal the starter’s job and a matchup against Cam Ward could be a starting off point.
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The Hurricanes started with a six game road set before playing in their home opener on Friday and they will be out for another victory on Sunday against the Flyers. Carolina isn’t expected to do much damage in the Metro this season but they have a pretty decent roster and they made a push in the late stages of last season suggesting they could very well challenge for a wild card spot at worst this season. Carolina needs to have a strong year from Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal and have some of their young prospects fill in the gaps and in a game here that figures to be high scoring the Canes should be right there with the Flyers.
Philly is 2-5 in their last seven overall and 1-4 in their last five Sunday games while the Canes are 2-7 in their last nine overall and 1-4 in their last five against the Eastern Conference. Philly played well last night but this is a trap spot as they will likely be drained after last night’s game and I think the Canes will be well rested.