Pittsburgh Penguins (36-14-8) at Carolina Hurricanes (24-23-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 21, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +118 / Pittsburgh Penguins -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Carolina Hurricanes look to keep their impressive home ice record intact as they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to town on Tuesday.
The Penguins look for a road victory in Raleigh on Tuesday night as they face off against the Carolina Hurricanes in a Metro division show down between two teams battling for position in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Penguins are the defending Cup champions and are looking as strong as anyone to win the title again this season as they are having another strong season in the offensive zone and have an underrated blue line playing in front of a solid goaltending tandem and with the experience playing in big games they should be considered at least a co-favourite in the Eastern Conference. However, the Pens haven’t been strong on the road this season and while that is a relative term as they are still two games above .500 away from home it has been their Achilles heel and one knock on a group that will need to play better on the road as they finish off the regular season.
The Hurricanes meanwhile have gone on a tough slide and are in dead last in the Eastern Conference heading into tonight’s game with the Penguins and after a strong first half that had them as a contender for a wild card spot they are really going to have to turn things up if they’re going to make some noise. The Canes are 10 points back of the Bruins for the final spot in the Eastern Conference but they do have four games in hand on them and if they can take advantage of at least one of those games and get a win against the Pens in this one I think they could very well make a push and at least play their way out of the Eastern Conference basement.
The Penguins are 12-3 in their last 15 games following a loss of three or more goals and 12-3 in their last 15 Tuesday games while the Canes are 1-8 in their last nine games following a loss of three or more and are winless in their last four games. This is the type of game where I would take a chance on the Canes as a home dog but with the Pens coming off a loss I think they get back to it here at a pretty reasonable price.