Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes - 2/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Carolina Hurricanes (32-11-4) vs Nashville Predators (28-17-4)
Game Info: Friday, February 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -159 / Nashville Predators +129 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes host the Nashville Predators in Friday NHL Action
The Nashville Predators come into this road contest with an overall record of 28-17-4. Through 49 games, the Predators are 4th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 150 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Nashville is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.78 goals per game. So far, the Predators have a strength of schedule rating of 28th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th ranked team in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes get set to host the Nashville Predators with an overall record of 32-11-4. This mark places them 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Through 47 games, the Hurricanes have scored 163 goals, giving them an average of 3.45. This output gives them a rank of 10th among NHL teams. On defense, Carolina is the top-ranked unit, giving up 2.38 goals per contest. So far, the Hurricanes have played the 25th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Carolina's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the Nashville Predators leader in points is Roman Josi. In his team's 49 games, he has come up with 13 goals and 35 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 7.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. Of his 24 goals, 17.0% have come during power play time. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.45 goals per game. In his 41 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 44 games, the Carolina Hurricanes' goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho, with 49 points. He has reached his mark of 21 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.5%. So far, 43.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 24 assists to go along with his 20 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 2.07 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has turned in 19 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Carolina's 47 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 31-15. So far, the Hurricanes have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 16 of their 22 games at PNC Arena. On the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have a per-game scoring differential of 1.09. In 5 on 5 situations, the Carolina Hurricanes have a shooting percentage of 8.8%, 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. According to advanced metrics tracking the quality of a team's shots, the Hurricanes have 17 fewer goals than expected. For the year, the team is averaging 7.36 high danger scoring chances per game. Look for the Hurricanes to pick up the win and cover spread vs. Nashville.
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