Carolina Hurricanes (6-7-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (6-6-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 8, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -120 / Carolina Hurricanes +109 --- Over/Under: 6
The Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks meet Thursday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use a feel good victory that would snap a five-game losing streak. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Micheal Ferland leads Carolina with seven goals, Sebastian Aho has 13 assists and Teuvo Teravainen has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 69.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 22 goals on 184 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 14 goals on 121 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks could also use a win here that would snap a five-game losing streak. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 14 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 11 goals, Alex DeBrincat has seven assists and Jonathan Toews has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 20 goals on 216 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 32 goals on 282 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The Hurricanes are 8-3 in their last 11 Thursday games, 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The Blackhawks are 4-9 in their last 13 home games, 7-19 in their last 26 Thursday games and 17-36 in their last 53 overall. The Hurricanes are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and the under is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes have won four of the last six meetings against the Chicago Blackhawks, so there could be some value with the plus money. But the bottom line here is that we have two teams riding five-game losing streaks and neither side can play defense. I'm giving the Blackhawks the edge here because they're at home. In a game where something has to give and a brutal losing streak has to end, the home team should have the advantage.