Carolina Hurricanes (30-10-5) at Florida Panthers (30-12-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -105 / Carolina Hurricanes -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers meet Thursday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 28 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 18 goals, Dougie Hamilton has 31 assists and Andrei Svechnikov has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Nedeljkovic has allowed 32 goals on 472 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 54 goals on 579 shots.
The Florida Panthers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Aleksander Barkov leads Florida with 19 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 33 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Chris Driedger has given up 42 goals on 575 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 74 goals on 811 shots.
The Hurricanes are 8-3 in their last 11 road games and 18-8 in their last 26 overall. The Panthers are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The under is 5-0 in Hurricanes last 5 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Panthers last 5 overall. The Hurricanes are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and 13-3 in the last 16 meetings. The favorite is 49-21 in the last 70 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes continue to flex their muscle as one of the more consistent teams in the league, and they've won five of the six meetings against the Panthers this season, including five straight. The Florida Panthers have run hot and cold these last couple of weeks, but they're starting to heat up again and have done some of their best work on their home ice. The Hurricanes are a worth a look here given the history, but I still think the Panthers are the better team. I'll side with the Panthers in this toss up.