Calgary Flames at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Sunday February 3, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)|
Carolina Hurricanes -104 / Calgary Flames -119
SN 360, FS-Southeast
The Calgary Flames and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in NHL action from the PNC Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Calgary Flames will look to rebound after suffering a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in their last outing. Washington opened the scoring early in the opening period before Mikael Backlund tied the game late in the 1st but the tie wouldn’t last as Washington scored just 1:47 later to take a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period. Washington pushed their lead to 3-1 before Garnet Hathaway pulled a goal back just 1:22 later, and tied the game just after the midway point of the 3rd period. Washington would steal the win however with less than a minute to go in regulation, sending the Flames home empty-handed with a 4-3 loss. Mike Smith took the loss, falling to 14-10-1 after allowing all 4 goals on 40 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in their last outing. Vegas opened the scoring 5:01 into the game before Carolina tied the game thanks to a goal from Nino Niederreiter just past the halfway point of the opening period, sending us to the 2nd deadlocked at one goal apiece. Brett Pesce gave the ‘Canes a 2-1 lead before Vegas tied the game late in the 2nd and Jordan Martinook would re-establish the lead for Carolina just :36 later. Sebastian Aho doubled the lead to make it 4-2 in the 3rd before Justin Faulk iced the win with an empty netter late in the period. Petr Mrazek got the win to improve to 11-10-3 after allowing both goals on 25 shots faced in the winning effort.
Calgary is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall and 7-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. Carolina is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall and 6-1 in their last 7 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The low line with Carolina is tempting as the Hurricanes have come out firing in their last couple of games and have done a solid job on home ice. However, the road team has had the majority of the success when these two meet and we rarely get this low of a line with Calgary who have been lights out for the better part of the last couple of months. I’ll side with the Flames on the road in this one.