Vegas Golden Knights (30-11-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (20-17-8)
|Date & Time||Sunday January 21, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +109 / Vegas Golden Knights -120 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Carolina Hurricanes look to build on their road win in Detroit on Saturday as they host the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.
The Golden Knights look to shake off a loss in their last outing against the Florida Panthers as they head into Raleigh to face off with an underrated Carolina Hurricanes side that went into the Motor City yesterday and claimed a 3-1 win and will be out for a similar result as a home dog in this spot. The Knights have defied the odds this season and have not only set a handful of expansion team records, they have sustained their crazy pace and are looking like a playoff team right now with a 30-11-4 record and sitting atop the Pacific division. The Knights had a day off after playing in a back to back so with this one being a three games in four nights, all on the road, it might be a tough game for them despite facing off against Scott Darling who is expected to get the nod for the Canes in goal as he will face off against Marc-Andre Fleury who has a sparkling 1.72 goals against average this season.
The Hurricanes meanwhile head into Sunday’s contest looking to make up ground in the Metro division as they are three points back of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and with a win here they would improve to 11-6-4 at home and inch closer to the final wild card spot. The Canes have quite a young roster and a handful of up and comers but overall they are pretty well balanced and if they can get some consistent goaltending and a piece or two at the trade deadline they could be a dangerous team in the playoffs. The Canes are 1-7 in their last eight games against the Pacific and have just one win in their last five contests while the Knights are 20-8 in their last 28 games and head in as a road favourite in this one.
The Golden Knights are 6-0 in their last six Sunday games and 7-3 in their last 10 against a team with a losing record while the Canes are 4-12 in their last 16 against the West and have played to the under in their last six against the West. The Canes are a sneaky good team and Vegas is starting to get the benefit of the doubt from the odds makers which makes me want to lean the other way, but with Darling likely going I have to side with Vegas who should get it done.