The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers meet Wednesday in game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the FLA Live Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Preview
The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.07 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 5 goals, Brent Burns has 7 assists and Jordan Martinook has 40 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.43 goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Antti Raanta has allowed 15 goals on 165 shots faced, and Frederik Andersen has given up 14 goals on 221 shots.
Florida Panthers Betting Preview
The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.07 goals per game and are scoring on 25.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Matthew Tkachuk leads Florida with 7 goals, Carter Verhaeghe has 8 assists and Brandon Montour has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.67 goals per game and are killing 68.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alex Lyon has given up 9 goals on 92 shots faced, and Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 30 goals on 465 shots.
The Hurricanes are 3-13 in their last 16 Conference Finals games and 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Panthers are 74-34 in their last 108 home games and 10-1 in their last 11 overall. The under is 4-0 in Hurricanes last 4 overall. The under is 8-0 in Panthers last 8 overall. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings. The underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The Florida Panthers have proven through 3 games that they're the better team, and Sergei Bobrovsky has been a brick wall for the majority of these playoffs. At this point, the Panthers just feel like it's their year, as they continue to defy the odds and have now won 10 of their last 11 playoff games. Yes, all 3 games have been close, and the Canes could easily be looking at a different situation with a bounce here or a bounce there. However, something has to be said for every bounce going the Panthers way. I'm not stepping in front of whatever is going on in South Florida. Give me the home team for the sweep.