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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens - 3/24/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes
Date & Time Sunday March 24, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Arena
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +128 / Carolina Hurricanes -155 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSCR, RDS
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The Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes meet Sunday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens look for a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 12.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 31 goals, Max Domi has 39 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 178 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 144 goals on 1,743 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 61 goals on 539 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed two or less goals in five of their last six games.

The Carolina Hurricanes look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 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 81.7 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 six of their last seven games.

The Canadiens are 24-51 in their last 75 games as an underdog, 7-15 in their last 22 games playing on 0 days rest and 15-37 in their last 52 games as a road underdog. The Hurricanes are 9-0 in their last 9 games playing on 0 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 Canadiens are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Carolina and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 24-9-2 in Canadiens last 35 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Hurricanes last 5 overall.

The Montreal Canadiens haven't had a ton of success playing on the end of back to backs, and they've been horrible as road underdogs. The Carolina Hurricanes are heating up with the playoffs right around the corner thanks to a consistent defense, and they've actually won nine straight games when playing with no rest. Throw in the one-sided head to head with wins in five of the last six, and the Hurricanes on their home ice has to be the pick here. 

Pick:
Carolina Hurricanes -155

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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