Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 1/31/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vegas Golden Knights (25-20-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (29-18-3)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:30 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -154 / Vegas Golden Knights +139 --- Over/Under: 6
The Vegas Golden Knights and Carolina Hurricanes meet Friday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The Vegas Golden Knights need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 21 goals, Mark Stone has 28 assists and Reilly Smith has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 101 goals on 1,082 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 47 goals on 462 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Carolina Hurricanes need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 24 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 38 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 81 goals on 851 shots and James Reimer has given up 46 goals on 581 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in seven straight games.
The Golden Knights are 6-23 in their last 29 games as an underdog, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Hurricanes are 38-17 in their last 55 home games, 46-22 in their last 68 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games. The under is 3-1-1 in Golden Knights last 5 overall. The under is 5-0 in Hurricanes last 5 home games.
The Vegas Golden Knights are ice cold at the moment and the defense is back to their shaky ways, so backing them on the road isn't much of an option. The Carolina Hurricanes have been one of the stronger home teams in the league this season and that defensive effort is leading the charge. It's likely only a matter of time before the Vegas Golden Knights turn things around, but on the road against another good team probably isn't the spot. I'll back the Hurricanes and the somewhat reasonable price.