Carolina Hurricanes vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/28/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (37-18-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (35-23-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +111 / Colorado Avalanche -123 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: FSCR, Alti
The Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes meet Friday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 33 goals, Cale Makar has 33 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 56 goals on 771 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 12 games.
The Carolina Hurricanes need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 36 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 44 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 102 goals on 1,066 shots and James Reimer has given up 61 goals on 712 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 12 games.
The Avalanche are 6-0 in their last 6 road games, 7-1 in their last 8 games following a win and 36-16 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are 17-5 in their last 22 vs. Central, 32-13 in their last 45 vs. Western Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 Friday games. The under is 10-1 in Avalanche last 11 overall. The over is 9-3 in Hurricanes last 12 overall. The Avalanche are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Carolina. The underdog is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche are playing the better hockey entering this matchup and have done some of their best recent work on the road. With that said, the Carolina Hurricanes have won six of the last 10 meetings against the Avalanche, which includes outscoring them 6-1 in the last two meetings. The Hurricanes are fighting for their playoff lives and made a bold move at the trade deadline to show they're going for it. I find some value in getting a desperate Hurricanes team at home with the plus money.