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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/27/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens (16-16-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (16-12-7)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -135 / Montreal Canadiens +105 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: RDS, FSS

The Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes meet Wednesday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens could use a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 14 goals, Phillip Danault has 14 assists and Max Pacioretty has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 66 goals on 685 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 19 goals on 250 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/27/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Carolina Hurricanes look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 12 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 20 assists and Sebastian Aho has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 68 goals on 655 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 33 goals on 371 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Canadiens are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, 17-5 in their last 22 games following a loss of 3 or more goals and 1-5 in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 0-6 in their last 6 Wednesday games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Canadiens are 11-4 in the last 15 meetings, the home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 5-1-5 in the last 11 meetings.

The Montreal Canadiens have had the upperhand over the Hurricanes in past meetings, so there's value with the plus money here. However, few teams entered the break playing better hockey than Carolina, a team that's won five of its last six and hasn't lost at home since November 24. Carolina has found some consistent offense and has allowed two or less goals in four of its last six games. Give me the home team and the reasonable price.

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