Carolina Hurricanes vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (15-37-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (24-22-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -220 / Colorado Avalanche +197 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, FSS
The Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes meet Friday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche need a bounce back victory here that would snap a five-game losing streak. The Avalanche are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 15 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 26 assists and Mikko Rantanen has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Calvin Pickard has given up 82 goals on 853 shots faced and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 76 goals on 745 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have lost 35 straight games when allowing three or more goals.
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The Carolina Hurricanes could use a bounce back victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 18 goals, Sebastian Aho has 15 assists and Victor Rask has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 86.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Ward has given up 116 goals on 1,224 shots faced and Michael Leighton has allowed 12 goals on 92 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed a combined 14 goals in their last three games.
The Avalanche are 7-3 in their last 10 Friday games and 8-22 in their last 30 road games. The Hurricanes are 16-5 in their last 21 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Avalanche are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
This high jucie for the Carolina Hurricanes is insane given their struggles as of late, but the Colorado Avalanche remain the most unbackable team in hockey and it doesn't help they're on the end of a back-to-back. In Colorado games, it's either pick the other team or skip. It's just that easy at this point. So, I have to side with the Hurricanes on their home ice.