Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens - 11/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (13-2-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-6-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:30 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 Friday night in a NHL matchup at the PNC Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Canadiens are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Shea Weber leads Montreal with seven goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 12 assists and Paul Byron has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 18 goals on 347 shots faced and Al Montoya has allowed 19 goals on 208 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed a combined 21 goals in their four losses.
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The Carolina Hurricanes could use another victory after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with six goals, Victor Rask has six assists and Jordan Staal has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 90.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Ward has given up 28 goals on 306 shots faced and Eddie Lack has allowed 15 goals on 104 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed two or less goals in all five of their wins this season.
The Canadiens are 10-25 in their last 35 road games and 9-2 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 17-35 in their last 52 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 4-1-3 in the last 8 meetings.
The Canadiens are showing slight signs of cooling off with back-to-back losses, while the Hurricanes are playing their best hockey of the young season and have to be confident with an offense that can find the back of the net. The Canadiens have been torched in all four of their losses and Carolina may have a shot to do the same on their home ice. The value here is with the Carolina Hurricanes.