Minnesota Wild vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 3/6/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (29-26-11) at Minnesota Wild (37-22-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -160 / Carolina Hurricanes +144 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, FSN
The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 23 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 33 assists and Justin Williams has 157 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 101 goals on 914 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 88 goals on 972 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
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The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 34 goals, Ryan Suter has 39 assists and Jason Zucker has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 116 goals on 1,400 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 62 goals on 703 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Hurricanes are 2-6 in their last 8 Tuesday games, 7-15 in their last 22 vs. Western Conference and 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The Wild are 20-7 in their last 27 home games, 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Hurricanes are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Minnesota, 2-7 in the last 9 meetings and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild have been one of the hotter teams in the league over the last month and have lost just five home games since December 17. The Carolina Hurricanes are finding ways to get stops on the defensive end, but they're not scoring and the losses are piling up rather quickly. The Wild have torched the Hurricanes in the past, scoring three or more goals in nine of their last 10 meetings. Hard not to side with Minnesota on its home ice.