Colorado Avalanche (29-20-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (25-21-9)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 10, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -149 / Colorado Avalanche +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche need a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 24 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 33 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 77 goals on 856 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 71 goals on 862 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Carolina Hurricanes also need a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 19 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 29 assists and Justin Williams has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 88 goals on 816 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 68 goals on 759 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Avalanche are 12-41 in their last 53 road games, 11-3 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Hurricanes are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 4-9 in their last 13 vs. Central. The Avalanche are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Carolina, 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings and the home team is 18-5-1 in the last 24 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes are on the end of a back to back, something they haven't handled well, and they aren't playing consistent hockey if we're being honest. However, the Colorado Avalanche have fallen off in their own right as of late and continue to be fade material on the road. The Avalanche simply don't win much outside of Colorado. I have to side with the Carolina Hurricanes even if its more of a fade from the road team than anything else.