Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (31-12-8) vs Carolina Hurricanes (33-11-4)

Game Info: Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins +120 / Carolina Hurricanes +175 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Carolina Hurricanes in Sunday NHL Action.

The Carolina Hurricanes come into this road contest with an overall record of 33-11-4. Through 48 games, the Hurricanes are 1st in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 168 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Carolina is the 2nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.4 goals per game. So far, the Hurricanes have a strength of schedule rating of 25th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 4th ranked team in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins get set to host the Carolina Hurricanes with an overall record of 31-12-8. This mark places them 1st in the Metropolitan division. Through 51 games, the Penguins have scored 170 goals, giving them an average of 3.29. This output gives them a rank of 6th among NHL teams. On defense, Pittsburgh is the 8th ranked unit, giving up 2.57 goals per contest. So far, the Penguins have played the easiest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Pittsburgh's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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Through 48 games, the Carolina Hurricanes' leading goal scorer is Andrei Svechnikov. With his 25 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 47. On the season, he is turning 14.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Hurricanes have benefited from the strong play of Sebastian Aho, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Carolina's 48 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 16.0%. 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 2.1 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has turned in 19 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 45 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins' goal and overall scoring leader is Jake Guentzel, with 51 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.5%. So far, 24.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Sidney Crosby, who has 32 assists to go along with his 14 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.25 goals per game. In his 40 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Carolina's 48 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 32-15. So far, the Hurricanes have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 15 of their 24 road games. On the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have a per-game scoring differential of 1.1. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.92 goals. In Carolina's last 5 games, they have scored 18 goals, accounting for 58% of the scoring in these contests. If the Hurricanes hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. Look for the Hurricanes to pick up a win and cover the spread vs Pittsburgh.

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Joe’s Pick Carolina +175

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