Carolina Hurricanes (31-10-5) at Florida Panthers (30-13-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -105 / Carolina Hurricanes -111 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after winning eight of their last 12 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 10 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 9-3 in their last 12 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Panthers are 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 5-0-1 in Hurricanes last 6 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Panthers last 4 overall. The Hurricanes are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Florida and 14-3 in the last 17 meetings. The favorite is 50-21 in the last 71 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes are playing the better hockey at the moment, have been lights out in the favorite role and have won five of the six meetings this season against the Panthers, including five straight. However, these are massive games in terms of who wins the division and you'd have to think the Panthers eventually find a way to beat the Hurricanes, especially at home. The Hurricanes should be favored, but there's some value with the cheaper price with the Panthers on their home ice.