The Carolina Hurricanes host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, and they are looking to get some revenge. Detroit has controlled the three previous matchups against Carolina, and the Hurricanes want to fix that by getting a win in this game.
Detroit has gone just 1-5 in its last six games, but this was a team that played pretty well to begin the month of April. The Red Wings are still in 7th place in the Central Division with just 43 points on the year.
Carolina has already clinched a playoff berth, but now they have their sights set on winning the Central. The Hurricanes currently hold a two-point lead over the Florida Panthers for the top spot in the division.
Detroit Desperate For Scoring
Detroit is scoring just 2.24 goals per game this season, and that number could get even worse in the final games of the year. Dylan Larkin has been lost for the season with an injury, and he was the top offensive performer for the Red Wings before the injury.
The Red Wings have scored just one total goal in their last two games and have not really even challenged their opponents. Anthony Mantha leads the way with 11 goals on the year, but there just aren’t very many offensive threats.
Special teams play has been a big issue for the Red Wings as well, as this team is converting on just 11 percent of their attempts on the power play. Detroit has also killed off just 77 percent of their penalties, which will be the most significant issue on Thursday night.
The Red Wings will have to find a way to keep this game to a low-scoring outcome, but that’s not going to be easy against a Carolina team that loves to play fast.
Hurricanes Blowing Past Opponents
Carolina plays faster than nearly any other team in the NHL, and this creates a wide-open and very exciting style of play. The Hurricanes are scoring 3.2 goals per game, but they are also giving up 2.4 of them per night.
The Hurricanes have scored just seven total goals in the three straight losses to the Red Wings, and they haven’t really challenged Detroit. Carolina has been great on the power play this season, converting on 27 percent of their chances.
Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes with 21 goals and 49 total points, but this team is loaded with offensive weapons. Dougie Hamilton has racked up a team-high 31 assists, and he will play a key role in this one as well.
Carolina has been allowing some goals in recent games, but they have the offense that is capable of outscoring opponents.
Carolina Cruises to Victory
Surprisingly Detroit has won three straight games against the mighty Hurricanes, and they clearly have their number. Look for that streak to come to an end on Thursday night as the Red Wings are without their most talented player.
Carolina is just so explosive on the offensive end of the ice, and they can take over games in a hurry. The Red Wings have been given teams some good games in recent weeks, but this is a game in which they are way overmatched.
There just isn’t much value betting the money line in this game, even though it is clear that Carolina is the better team. When making your NHL pick, take a look at the puck line spread at 1½ goals favoring Carolina with odds set at -135 to win the game by at least two goals.