Montreal Canadiens vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 2/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Hurricanes (35-24-4) at Montreal Canadiens (29-28-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -115 / Carolina Hurricanes +104 --- Over/Under: 6
The Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens meet Saturday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Carolina Hurricanes need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 36 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 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 102 goals on 1,066 shots and James Reimer has given up 61 goals on 712 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 13 games.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 21 goals, Max Domi has 27 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 210 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 142 goals on 1,606 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 13 games.
The Hurricanes are 16-5 in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 19-7 in their last 26 Saturday games. The Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games, 7-19 in their last 26 home games and 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The over is 9-3 in Hurricanes last 12 overall. The over is 5-1 in Canadiens last 6 overall. The Hurricanes are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings in Montreal and 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes are coming off a tough loss last night to the Colorado Avalanche, and now they have to travel to the Centre Bell on the end of a back to back. Just a brutal schedule spot for the Hurricanes, even if they've been terrific in these spots all season. The Montreal Canadiens are due for a feel good victory after the month they've had, and they have a clear rest advantage in this contest. If the Habs can't get the job done here, they should probably just pack it up for the year. I'll lay the cheap price with the home team.