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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild at Carolina Hurricanes
Date & Time Saturday March 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Arena
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Wild +133 / Carolina Hurricanes -162 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSCR, FSN
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The Minnesota Wild and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Minnesota Wild look for another win after losing five of their last seven games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 26 goals, Ryan Suter has 39 assists and Eric Staal has 201 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 151 goals on 1,712 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 48 goals on 447 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 30 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 49 assists and Justin Williams has 213 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Curtis McElhinney has given up 75 goals on 860 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 87 goals on 959 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.

The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 road games. The Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 12-4 in their last 16 games as a favorite and 7-3 in their last 10 games as a home favorite. The Wild are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Carolina and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The under is 11-3-2 in Wild last 16 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Hurricanes last 5 overall.

The home team has won six of the last seven meetings between the Wild and Hurricanes, and Minnesota hasn't had much recent success playing on the end of a back to back. The Carolina Hurricanes have also been money the last month or so in the favorite role, winning 75 percent of their last 16 games when a favorite. I'll side with the Carolina Hurricanes on their home ice for the reasonable price. 

Pick:
Carolina Hurricanes -162

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