Chicago Blackhawks vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 3/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (29-27-11) at Chicago Blackhawks (29-30-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -135 / Carolina Hurricanes +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, CSNC
The Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks meet Thursday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use a feel good victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 23 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 33 assists and Justin Williams has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 103 goals on 932 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 92 goals on 985 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 11 games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks also need a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 24 goals, Duncan Keith has 28 assists and Jonathan Toews has 197 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 72 goals on 765 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 6-1 in their last 7 Thursday games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The Blackhawks are 3-13 in their last 16 Thursday games, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-12 in their last 17 overall. The Hurricanes are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago, the home team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings and the under is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks simply haven't been playing good hockey and have been a solid fade for the last month or so. However, I'm not sure how anybody backs the Carolina Hurricanes in their current form, as they're in similar form, watching the losses pile up and not being able to get stops defensively. The Blackhawks have won six of their last nine meetings against the Hurricanes and should be able to get another on their home ice.