Carolina Hurricanes (1-1) at Nashville Predators (2-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -105 / Carolina Hurricanes -115 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators meet in NHL action fro Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to sweep the back-to-back with Nashville after taking a 4-2 win over the Predators in their last matchup last time out.
Neither side would get on the scoresheet in the opening 20 before Andrei Svechnikov vack Carolina the lead with just under four minutes to go in the middle frame. All it took was 46 seconds to score and tie the game up at one goal apiece, sending us to the 3rd tired at one. Vincent Trocheck gave Carolina a 2-1 lead less than five minutes into the third and Sebastian Aho doubled the lead just after the midway point of the 3rd to give the ‘Canes a 3-1 lead. Viktor Arvidsson pulled a goal back for Nashville but it wasn’t enough as Nino Niederreiter closed things out with an empty-netter to close the deal for Carolina, sending Nashville back empty-handed.
James Reimer got the win in goal for Carolina after stopping 31 of 33 shots faced in the winning effort while Pekka Rinne took the loss for the Predators, giving up 3 goals on 23 shots faced in defeat for Nashville.
Carolina is 7-3 in their last 10 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite. Nashville is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 4-10 in their last 14 games playing on no rest while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 home games. Carolina is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between the two in Nashville.
It’s hard to beat the same team twice in as many nights on a back-to-back, but in my opinion, Nashville’s goaltending is still suspect and Carolina has the speed and finesse to exploit that as we saw in the first meeting. When you add in Carolina’s dominance in this matchup, I think you have to back the ‘Canes so I’ll side with Carolina in this one.