Carolina Hurricanes (35-29-14) at Minnesota Wild (46-25-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 4, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -165 / Carolina Hurricanes +149 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Minnesota Wild welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to town in Tuesday night NHL hockey action.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have enjoyed plenty of success versus the Carolina Hurricanes and that trend continued in a 3-2 win over the Canes on Sunday that has the Pens in second in the Metropolitan. The banged up Pens didn’t look so banged up with their defense and goaltending taking charge. Special teams were on point for Pittsburgh with Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzal scoring with the man advantage with Scott Wilson also lighting the lamp. Matt Murray was rock solid between the pipes with 33 stops to pickup the victory for the Pens. The thread on the Hurricanes playoff hopes got a little thinner with the loss to Pittsburgh. Carolina’s offense stalled with Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk mustering goals while Eddie Lack’s 23 save effort fell short.
The Minnesota Wild have gone from one of the most dependable teams in the game to a big question mark as little has gone right over the last month or so. The Wild do have an opportunity to get things pointed in the right direction in the last week of the season and regain some of their long lost momentum. Minnesota took a step in the right direction with a 5-2 victory versus the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Sunday that featured strong performances at both ends of the ice. Zach Parise, Jared Spurgeon, Martin Hanzal, Erik Haula and Jordan Schroeder paced a balanced Minnesota attack with Devan Dubnyk turning in a 30 stop performance between the pipes. The Avalanche saw goals from Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog with Calvin Pickard allowing four goals before being replaced by Jeremy Smith.
The under is 3-0-1 in Hurricanes last 4 overall and the under is 3-0-1 in Hurricanes last 4 vs. a team with a winning record while the under is 3-0-2 in Hurricanes last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation. The Wild are 0-5 in their last 5 games following a win and the Wild are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the over is 4-0 in Wild last 4 home games. The under is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings and the Hurricanes are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings while the Hurricanes are 2-7-1 in the last 10 meetings in Minnesota.
The trends favor Minnesota and the under has been okay but I’m looking at the Wild until goalies are announced…