Metropolitan Foes Headed in Opposite Directions
The Carolina Hurricanes were on a five-game losing streak but found a way to get back into the win column against the Calgary Flames last time out. The 3-2 victory on Saturday should change their momentum heading into a date with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins had won five straight contests before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
With streaks the story for both of these squads, which is the best bet versus the NHL odds when they meet on Tuesday night?
Hurricanes’ Offense Struggling
The main challenge for the Carolina Hurricanes during their funk has been that they aren’t scoring enough. They have scored two or fewer goals in six out of their last 10 games. They also haven’t scored more than three goals in eight straight games.
Those who bet online know that that’s just not going to get the job done. This low-scoring offense currently ranks 28th in the league despite being third in shots taken per game.
The volume of shooting is good but they just aren’t converting. We know that typically, with this team, the offense doesn’t need to be phenomenal.
With the ninth-ranked defense in the league, Carolina doesn’t need to be a juggernaut. The Hurricanes will need their key players to get going here, such as Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Martin Necas.
All three of them have over 22 points; no other forward has more than nine.
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Penguins’ Streak Snapped
Despite being a solid favorite in the sportsbook against Toronto, the Penguins weren’t very competitive in the game. It’s possible that the 4-1 defeat was just a minor bump in the road for a team that looked like they were figuring it all out before that.
In many ways, the Pens are the mirror opposite of the Hurricanes. Their offense has been great, ranking ninth in goals per game and ninth in shots taken per game. They’ve scored at least four goals in six of their last 10 games.
Bettors can always look toward Sidney Crosby for a good portion of their production. He’s leading the team with 29 points and 11 goals, not to mention that he’s fifth in the league when it comes to total points.
Evgeni Malkin has 20 points and Jake Guentzel has 10 goals in 18 games. These three will be critical in bouncing back from a tough loss to the Maple Leafs.
Hurricanes vs Penguins Game Injuries
Hurricanes vs Penguins Head-to-Head
We got to see the Hurricanes take on the Penguins three times a season ago, with Carolina winning twice.
Hurricanes vs Penguins Game Information
- Game: Hurricanes (11-6-5) vs Penguins (11-8-3)
- Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. ET
- Hurricanes vs Penguins Live stream: NHL.TV
Hurricanes vs Penguins Betting Lines
Hurricanes vs Penguins Picks & Prediction
These two teams are the complete opposites of one another. Carolina has a poor offense and decent defense, while the Penguins can score but have a shaky back end.
This is going to be an incredibly interesting matchup between these two squads, but the Penguins might be in a slightly better position for your NHL picks.
The Penguins are fresh off a loss but that was their first in six games. Their defense, which has been unreliable most of the season, has played well of late. As a team, they’ve allowed just 13 goals in their last five games.
Look for Pittsburgh to rebound off their loss and get back in the win column against Carolina.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are listed at -115 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Pittsburgh Penguins, you have a chance to win $87. The Carolina Hurricanes are -105, offering a chance to win $95 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Pittsburgh Penguins a 53.49% chance to win, with the Carolina Hurricanes at 51.22%.