Vancouver Canucks (21-27-6) at Carolina Hurricanes (24-21-9)
|Date & Time||Friday February 9, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -170 / Vancouver Canucks +153 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes meet Friday in NHL action at the
The Vancouver Canucks could use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 25 goals, Henrik Sedin has 32 assists and Thomas Vanek has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 107 goals on 1,106 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 48 goals on 512 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use a victory here after losing seven of their last 11 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 nine games.
The Canucks are 6-2 in their last 8 Friday games, 25-51 in their last 76 road games and 28-58 in their last 86 overall. The Hurricanes are 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 1-9 in their last 10 vs. Pacific. The Canucks are 16-5-1 in the last 22 meetings, the home team is 18-6-1 in the last 25 meetings and the over is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina.
I'm really not trying to lay this much juice in a battle between two teams that can't produce a victory as of late, but the Hurricanes at home is a much safer bet than the Canucks on the road who are also on the end of a back to back. Not to mention the home team has dominated this series over the years and the Hurricanes have been decent defensively despite the losses. Hurrcianes should win this game on their home ice.