Carolina Hurricanes vs. Calgary Flames - 1/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Calgary Flames (24-16-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (20-16-8)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -115 / Calgary Flames +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNW, FSS
The Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes meet Sunday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The Calgary Flames look for another victory to build on their six-game winning streak. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 21 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 37 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 90 goals on 1,157 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 11 goals on 161 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in their last 17 games.
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The Carolina Hurricanes could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 16 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 24 assists and Jeff Skinner has 156 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 77 goals on 740 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 51 goals on 533 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Flames are 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win, 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games and 40-16 in their last 56 vs. a team with a losing record. The Hurricanes are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Pacific, 4-11 in their last 15 vs. Western Conference and 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The home team is 14-6-2 in the last 22 meetings and the under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.
We're getting plus money with the hotter team in much better form, and that's something you shouldn't turn down often. The Flames have won six straight and haven't allowed more than three games in forever. The Hurricanes have been sloppy as of late with a defense that's been getting toched. While the home team has owned this series in the past, I like the value of the red hot Flames and the plus money.