Philadelphia Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (35-24-5) at Philadelphia Flyers (39-20-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -160 / Carolina Hurricanes +144 --- Over/Under: 6

TV: NSPA, NBCS

The Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers meet Thursday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Carolina Hurricanes need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 36 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 45 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83 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 13 of their last 15 games.

The Philadelphia Flyers look to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Travis Konecny leads Philadelphia with 23 goals, Jakub Voracek has 40 assists and Claude Giroux has 182 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 78 goals on 769 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 91 goals on 1,003 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 18 games. 

The Hurricanes are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings in Philadelphia and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Carolina Hurricanes have won five of the last seven meetings against the Flyers and need points if they're going to make a playoff spot, but they've played rough hockey since the all star break and that defense has slipped a bit as well. The Philadelphia Flyers are on the end of a back to back, but they're one of the hotter teams in the league right now and not a team I'm stepping in front of. We've backed the Philadelphia Flyers a lot during this stretch and there's no reason to stop now.

Randy’s Pick Philadelphia Flyers -160

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.