Nashville Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 2/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Hurricanes (33-21-4) at Nashville Predators (29-22-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -120 / Carolina Hurricanes +109 --- Over/Under: 6
The Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 33 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 44 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 96 goals on 987 shots and James Reimer has given up 61 goals on 711 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Nashville Predators look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 18 goals, Roman Josi has 43 assists and Craig Smith has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 74 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 95 goals on 935 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 79 goals on 824 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The Hurricanes are 5-2 in their last 7 Tuesday games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-6 in their last 8 road games. The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The over is 7-1 in Hurricanes last 8 overall. The under is 6-2 in Predators last 8 overall. The Hurricanes are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings The underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes have won six of the last seven meetings against the Predators, but they've been rough on the road as of late and the defense is starting to slip a little bit. The Nashville Predators are coming off back to back impressive wins over the Blues and are currently enjoying their best stretch of the season as they've thrown themselves back into the playoff race. I'm not stepping in front of the Predators, and I'm certainly not backing the Canes on the road. I'll take the cheap price with Nashville.