Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators - 2/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

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Ottawa Senators (14-22-4) vs Carolina Hurricanes (31-9-2)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators +225 / Carolina Hurricanes -300 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Ottawa Senators face the Carolina Hurricanes in Tuesday NHL action.

The Carolina Hurricanes come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-9-2. Through 42 games the Hurricanes are 1st in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 147 times, good for a rank of 10th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Carolina is the top ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.33 goals per game. So far, the Hurricanes have a strength of schedule rating of 32nd in the league. When diving in to their opponent adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 3rd ranked team in the NHL.

The Ottawa Senators get set to host the Carolina Hurricanes with an overall record of 14-22-4. This mark places them 7th in the Atlantic division. Through 40 games, the Senators have scored 110 goals, giving them an average of 2.73. This output gives them a rank of 29th among NHL teams. On defense, they are the 18th ranked unit, giving up 3.38 goals per contest. So far, they have played the toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account their scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 22nd in the NHL.

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Through 39 games, the Carolina Hurricanes' goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho with 45 points. He has reached his mark of 19 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.7%. So far, 42.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov who has 22 assists to go along with his 16 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12.0 Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen who is giving up an average of 2.01 goals per game. In his 30 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts. Giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Drake Batherson. In his team's 40 games, he has come up with 13 goals and 21 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 17.6%. Ottawa’s top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 18 goals, 39.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg who is giving up an average of 3.02 goals per game. In his 18 games played, he has come up with a quality start in 53% of his appearances.

In Carolina's 42 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 30-11 So far, the Hurricanes have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 14 of their 20 road games. On the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have a per-game scoring differential of 1.17. Even when playing on the road, Carolina is winning games by an average margin of 0.95 goals. Heading into their game with the Ottawa Senators, the Hurricanes have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 52.0% of the overall scoring. In 5 on 5 situations, the Carolina Hurricanes have a shooting percentage of 8.7%, placing them above the league average. Their shooting efficiency is a key reason for their offensive success as they are also generating 5 on 5 scoring chances at an above-average rate. I recommend taking Hurricanes to pick up the win and cover the puck line.

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Joe’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes -1.5

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