Hurricanes Favored Over Golden Knights
The Carolina Hurricanes are riding a four-game winning streak into Saturday’s contest with the Vegas Golden Knights, who are coming off an upset over the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road.
NHL betting markets are cornered with the hosts, but the Golden Knights have the proven upset credentials, making this a right tossup for NHL picks.
Join us as we preview this game, examine the NHL odds and serve up some discerning thoughts for your consideration.
Golden Knights Seek Second Upset
Vegas is in the midst of a five-game road trip which started with a 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Most recently, they defeated the suddenly floundering Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in overtime.
In a back-and-forth game at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, the Golden Knights twice frittered away the lead before scoring the game winner at 3:09 in overtime to take maximum points and deliver the upset in betting online markets. Vegas closed as the small road underdogs
Vegas burst out of the gates to take the 1-0 lead in the first 27 seconds. But the Lightning would level the score before the 5-minute mark. Vegas was back in front again following back-to-back goals early in the third period. However, the Lightning, once again, would tie the game, scoring twice in the last two minutes of the third period to send it into overtime.
KNIGHTS WIN IT ⚔️
Alec Martinez (@amartinez_27) pokes home the @Energizer OT winner to put a bow on a wild one! pic.twitter.com/jtJHSTcrXO
— NHL (@NHL) March 10, 2023
Canes Look for Fifth Win in a Row
Metropolitan-leading Carolina is 43-12-8 and has 94 points from 63 games. The Canes are four points clear of the New Jersey Devils, who are nipping at their heels behind a 42-16-6 record. In their last 10 games, the Canes are 8-2-0, which includes four straight wins at the expense of the Arizona Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers.
The Canes have outscored opponents 16-4 during this 4-0 run, which began following a 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights in Las Vegas on March 1. As well, they twice served up a shutout win – vs the Lightning (6-0) and the Flyers (1-0).
The Canes got on the board early versus Philadelphia, thanks to Martin Necas’ power play goal at 2:09 of the first period. Then, for the rest of the game, they defended superbly all while getting stellar play from rookie goalie Pyotr Kochetkov.
The 23-year-old Russian received his first start since January, getting called up with little notice following Antti Raanta’s injury during Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout win over the Canadiens. The Russian rose to the occasion nevertheless, saving 19 shots for a perfect 1.000 save percentage.
PYOTR THE GREAT 👑
Pyotr Kochetkov records his fourth @pepsi shutout of the season in his first start since Jan. 15! pic.twitter.com/6NJT9cqUvN
— NHL (@NHL) March 10, 2023
Golden Knights vs Hurricanes Game Injuries
Golden Knights vs Hurricanes Head-to-Head
The Golden Knights take a 4-2-3 record from their last 10 meetings with the Hurricanes into Saturday’s date at the PNC Arena. Carolina, by contrast, is 5-4-0 during this same stretch while the total has gone 5-3-2 in the sports betting markets.
The Golden Knights have the 1-0 head-to-head edge on the 2022-23 NHL season, having taken the measure of Carolina in a narrow 3-2 win in Vegas.
Golden Knights vs Hurricanes Game Information
- Game: Golden Knights (39-20-6) vs Hurricanes (43-12-8)
- Location: PNC Arena
- Day/Time: Saturday, 7:07 p.m. ET
- Golden Knights vs Hurricanes Live Stream: NHL.TV
Golden Knights vs Hurricanes Betting Lines
Golden Knights vs Hurricanes Picks and Prediction
This is a matchup between playoff contenders that have a genuine shot at winning the Stanley Cup. The playing field couldn’t be any more level than it is, with both coming into this game in good form and brimming in confidence.
Carolina is listed at -210 in our Vegas lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Hurricanes, there’s a chance to win $48. Vegas is +175, with a chance to win $175 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Carolina a 67.74% chance to win, with the Golden Knights at 36.36%.