The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in NHL action at the PNC Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Preview
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 5 of their last 6 games. The Penguins saw their winning streak end on Thursday against the Devils. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.53 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 10 goals, Jake Guentzel has 13 assists, and Bryan Rust has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 28 goals on 311 shots faced, and Alex Nedelijkovic has given up 6 goals on 70 shots.
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Preview
The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after splitting their last 6 games. The Carolina Hurricanes lost on Wednesday 3-1 to the Flyers. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.19 goals per game and are scoring on 24.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Teuvo Teravainen leads Carolina with 9 goals, Brady Skjei has 10 assists and Jaccob Slavin has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 3.25 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 15 goals on 142 shots faced, while Antti Raanta has allowed 19 goals on 155 shots.
The Carolina Hurricanes are going to get the benefit of the doubt because they're at home, but the truth is we're getting a more favorable price with the hotter team. With wins in 5 of their last 6 tries, the Penguins have figured some things out and the offense is starting to cook. So yes, the Canes have won 8 of the last 10 meetings against the Penguins, but I'm still siding with the hotter team and plus money.