Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (36-25-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (39-22-6)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 1:30 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -170 / Carolina Hurricanes +153 --- Over/Under: 6

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The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Sunday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 36 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 45 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.3 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 14 of their last 17 games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 27 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 48 assists and Kris Letang has 171 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 100 goals on 1,005 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 72 goals on 949 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 16 of their last 23 games.

The Hurricanes are 16-6 in their last 22 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Penguins are 144-67 in their last 211 home games, 35-17 in their last 52 Sunday games and 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The under is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Penguins last 5 overall. The Hurricanes are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh and 4-11 in the last 15 meetings.

We've been fading the Carolina Hurricanes a lot since the trade deadline, but they've played some of their best hockey this season on the end of back to backs, and they're getting a sweet price going up against a Penguins team that just doesn't have it at the moment. The Pittsburgh Penguins are going to snap out of this funk eventually, but that doesn't mean I'm going to lay heavy juice every time until they do. Until the Penguins get their act together, I'll continue to fade them while cashing some big underdogs. 

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Randy’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes +153

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