Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Canadiens vs. Hurricanes NHL Odds
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(7-21-4) Montreal Canadiens vs. Carolina Hurricanes (21-7-1)
Date: Thursday December 30th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: PNC Arena, Carolina
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Canadiens +275 Hurricanes -400 (Bet Now!)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Canadiens +1.5 +105 Hurricanes -1.5 -150
NHL Betting Total: O/U 5.5
The current worst team in the Eastern Conference fly’s south to face off against their Conferences second best team. Does Montreal have any hope here, or are The Hurricanes going to feast on this poor squad?
The Canadiens went from The Stanley Cup runner-up last year, to the worst team in The Conference. Fortunately, they’ve made the right changes, and hope to turn things around in the second half of the season.
On the offensive glass, Montreal is scoring a miserable 2.2 goals, on 29.5 shots per outing; which currently rank 31st, and 22nd in the NHL. Additionally, their powerplay is last in the league, only capitalizing on 12% of their powerplays.
Defensively, they’re just as bad, ranking 29th on both goals against and PK%, and 28th on shots against per tilt; this made possible by 3.6 goals, on 33.5 shots, and a 72.7 PK%.
Carolina continues to impress everybody in the NHL, with their league dominant defense, and their high flying offense.
Offensively, Carolina is stunningly scoring 3.3 goals, on an elite 33 shots per matchup; resulting in an 8th, and 11th place ranking, respectfully. Furthermore, their powerplay isn’t disappointing either, scoring on 22.5% of their chances.
On the defensive board, The Hurricanes are ranked first in both shots, and goals against per game. By way of an average of 2.1 goals, on an imposing, 27.1 shots against per game.
In addition, The Canes sustain the second ranked PK%, only allowing teams to score 11.3% of the time.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Montreal is 1-8 SU in their last 9 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal’s last 9 games.
- Carolina is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games played.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina’ last 5 games played at home.
- Montreal is 0-6 SU in their last 6 trips to Carolina.
Free Montreal Canadiens vs. Carolina Hurricanes NHL Prediction
These teams records are no accident, The Canes are easily one of the best in the East, while The Canadiens are easily the worst. That being said, this creates a tough betting environment for Hurricane backers, as the puckline and moneyline are useless here.
Although, Montreal is allowing a ton of goals this year without their star Carey Price in net, which opens some value in the total.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: OVER 5.5
Over and above that, 4 out of Carolina’s last 5 home games resulted in an over. And, 10 out of Montreal’s 16 road games this season, have also resulted in an over.
Due to these reasons, we are taking the over 5.5 in this Eastern Conference tilt.
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