Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Hurricanes vs Coyotes NHL Odds
Looking for Carolina Hurricanes vs. Arizona Coyotes free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Hurricanes taking on the Coyotes on Thursday, February 6th at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions like this Hurricanes Coyotes matchup.
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(30-20-3) Carolina Hurricanes vs. Arizona Coyotes (27-21-7)
Date: Thursday, February 6th
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Gila River Arena, Glendale AZ
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Hurricanes -120 | Coyotes +100
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Hurricanes -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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A couple playoff hopefuls needing wins meet up Thursday night in Glendale. Oddsmakers have made Carolina a -120 road favorite, but at +100 for Arizona this one is expected to be pretty close.
The reason the Hurricanes need a victory is because they’ve dropped 5 in a row on the road. The ‘Canes currently sit 2 points back from the Flyers for the 2nd wild card spot.
Arizona needs a victory not only because they are at Gila River Arena, but because they’ve dropped 5 of their last 6. The ‘Yotes are a meager 13-10-4 on their own ice this season.
Carolina has run a pretty impressive gauntlet since returning from the all-star break. They’ve lost 3-4 at home to Vegas, won a SO vs. 1st place Vancouver, and fell 3-5 in St. Louis on Tuesday.
A bright note is that the ‘Canes are scoring some goals. They ended the 1st half of the season being held to 2 goals or less in 5 of 6 games, but are getting nice production since the layoff. Carolina is 13th in the league in goals.
What the Hurricanes really pride themselves on this season is defense though. Rod Brind’Amour’s team ranks 5th in the league in goals allowed – it’s why the total for Thursday’s tilt is set at just 5.5.
One reason the ‘over’ is looking like a nice lean is because Carolina goaltender Petr Mrazek is in a bit of a rut right now. Mrazek has taken the L in 6 of his last 8 starts, allowing 10 goals in two starts since the all star break.
Can the Arizona offense capitalize on a slumping Mrazek if he indeed gets the start on Thursday? Arizona had dropped 3 in a row since returning from the 11-day all-star layoff before beating Edmonton 3-0 on Tuesday.
What was so bad about Arizona’s losing streak to start the second half was that they a) were favored in each and b) scored just 2 goals in each contest. One loss was at home to L.A. as -162 favorites.
The Coyotes still lead the Western Conference wild card race despite ranking 22nd in the NHL in goals scored. That’s a real big testament to the Arizona defense that is allowing just 2.7 GAA, 4th best in the league.
A lot of the Coyotes success was with Darcy Kuemper in net but he’s been out since before Christmas with a lower body injury. Antti Raanta will likely go and although he’s had some struggles, had a 30 save SO Tuesday vs. Edmonton.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Hurricanes are 0-5 last 5 road games
- Hurricanes are 29-10 last 39 vs. Western Conference
- Coyotes are 1-5 their last 6 overall
- Hurricanes are 6-2 last 8 in Arizona
- Home team is 5-0 last 5 meetings
Free Carolina Hurricanes vs. Arizona Coyotes NHL Prediction:
Arizona has been shut out in the last two games of the series this season, getting beaten 0-3 in both games. Each of those was in Carolina though. The last time these two met at Gila River, it was a 4-3 ‘Yotes win in November.
With goaltending issues on both ends of the ice combined with a very low total, it’s time to take the ‘over’ on Thursday.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5
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