Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Hurricanes vs Penguins Lines
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(15-11-7) Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (22-8-5)
Date: Wednesday December 28th
Venue: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -222
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Off
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Coming off a break after three straight wins, the Hurricanes will look to continue their solid recent play against the extremely tough Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins, who have had a couple of tough losses after a long winning streak, will look to continue their fantastic season at home.
The Hurricanes have looked like a much better team recently. In the last five games, Carolina is 4-0-1 and has played extremely well defensively.
With just 90 goals against on the season, the 11th ranked team in this category is gutting out close games and holding good teams to very few goals.
The offense has stepped up recently as well. Thanks to center Jeff Skinner, who has four goals in his last five games, the Canes are scoring more and finding an identity on offense. Victor Rask has been an important piece on offense as well. He has a goal and four assists in his last five.
For Carolina to grab a win in Pittsburgh, both the offense and defense will have to be on point. Carolina will have to hold off a fantastic Penguins offense while figuring out how to score. A two-goal game will not get it done for the Canes so guys like Jeff Skinner and Rask will have to make sure the offense gets going.
After winning seven in a row, the Penguins have cooled off slightly. In the last five games, Pittsburgh is 2-1-2 and has lost a couple of tough games in overtime. In three of the last five, Pittsburgh has scored one goal or less.
Every team has off nights offensively so this shouldn’t worry Penguins followers. In the other two games, both wins, Pittsburgh put up seven on the Rangers and four on the Devils.
Sidney Crosby continues to be everything Sidney Crosby needs to be for this team. He leads Pittsburgh in total points (42) and his 24 goals lead the NHL. Add on 18 assists and he’s near the top 10 in that category as well. Crosby is having an MVP-caliber year.
Pittsburgh sits in 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division and will look to win against Carolina and leapfrog the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are 1st in the division by a point.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Total has gone OVER in 14 of Pittsburgh’s last 17 games
- Carolina is 5-8-6 on the road this season
Free Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction:
I don’t like the Canes on the road at all. The road has not been kind to them this year. With the way Pittsburgh is playing, it’s tough to bet against them.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Penguins Puckline.
I like Pittsburgh getting the win at home.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Carolina 2 – Pittsburgh 4
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