Carolina Hurricanes (21-18-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (25-21-3)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 23, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -150 / Carolina Hurricanes +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes travel to PPG PAINTS Arena to oppose the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Tuesday NHL tilt.
The Carolina Hurricanes need to get hot and stay that way with the team in 8th place in the Metropolitan. Carolina is heading in the wrong direction with losses in three of four after a 5-1 defeat to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. The Hurricanes only goal came off the stick of Jacob Slavin on the PP with 45 seconds remaining in the first.
The Golden Knights exploded in the opening period on goals from Edouard Bellemare, Colin Miller and Jonathan Marchessault for a 3-1 lead with James Neal scoring in the second and with Brendan Leipsic scoring in the third. Miller gave Vegas two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots while Scott Darling was pulled after the first with Cam Ward allowing two goals on 28 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been inconsistent over the first half of the season which is the reason the two time Stanley cup winners are 6th in the Metropolitan. Pittsburgh has been playing better with wins in six of nine but the team is coming off of a 2-1 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
Conor Sheary scored the first goal of the game at 3:18 of the first but the Penguins offense was silent the rest of the night. The Sharks scored the equalizer on a Timo Meier tally in the first with Tomas Hertl lighting the lamp at 1:53 of the third. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns added two assists each and Aaron Dell got the win with 31 saves while Casey DeSmith stopped 34 shots in defeat.
Hurricanes are 1-7 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record and Hurricanes are 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games and under is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. Under is 4-1-1 in Penguins last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Penguins are 9-3 in their last 12 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Penguins are 5-15 in their last 20 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and Hurricanes are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.
I would have to see more of the Penguins before saying the team is more consistent but they are the choice here…