Carolina Hurricanes (15-11-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (23-8-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 28, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -201 / Carolina Hurricanes +180 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins return home after taking down the Devils last night as they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes play in their first game since the Christmas break but they don’t get a gift wrapped match up by any means as they take to the road to face off against the defending Cup champions who are looking even better this season. The Hurricanes came into this season as a trendy dark horse pick to make the postseason as they finished the season last year on a pretty solid run and were expected to carry that over into this campaign but so far they haven’t been able to do so and are going to be hard pressed to make the postseason. The Canes are 1-6 in their last seven games against the Metropolitan and head into Pittsburgh where the Penguins have but two regulation losses at home this season.
The Penguins took down New Jersey on the road last night and return home as a heavy favourite against the Canes as Jordan Staal makes a return trip to the franchise that drafted him. The Pens are a very impressive 40-15 in their last 55 games against the Eastern Conference and have been ripping up the league so far this season thanks to a remarkable start from Sidney Crosby and the handful of strong supporting cast members that includes Evgeni Malkin who netted his 800th NHL point last night. Matt Murray is expected to get the start as he will face off against Cam Ward who is having a pretty good start to the season with a goals against average of 2.24 and a 12-8-6 record.
The Canes are 4-1 in their last five overall and 2-5 in their last seven Wednesday games while the Penguins are 40-12 in their last 52 home games and 26-9 in their last 35 against the Metro. Pittsburgh is a big favourite here but they should have no issues getting the win in a back to back and they get it done in regulation.