Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/13/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/13/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (35-15-9) vs Carolina Hurricanes (40-12-5)

Game Info: Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 1:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -119 / Carolina Hurricanes -103 --- Over/Under: 6 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 40-12-5. Through 57 games, the Hurricanes are 1st in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 193 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Carolina is the 1st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.35 goals per game. So far, the Hurricanes have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 3rd ranked team in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins get set to host the Carolina Hurricanes with an overall record of 35-15-9. This mark places them 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Through 59 games, the Penguins have scored 193 goals, giving them an average of 3.24. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, Pittsburgh is the 7th ranked unit, giving up 2.59 goals per contest. So far, the Penguins have played the 29th toughest 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 8th in the NHL.

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Through 54 games, the Carolina Hurricanes goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho with 59 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.4%. So far, 48.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 28 assists to go along with his 23 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 2.08 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 53 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins' goal and overall scoring leader is Jake Guentzel, with 59 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.1%. So far, 21.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Sidney Crosby, who has 38 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.33 goals per game. In his 46 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Hurricanes have an over-under record of 27-31. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 16-13. On the season, 49.0% of Carolina's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 59.0% of the scoring coming from the Hurricanes In Pittsburgh's 59 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 30-28-1. So far, taking the over when the Penguins are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-12. On the season, 56.0% of Pittsburgh's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Penguins. Look for this matchup to finish above the line of 6 goals, as each team should have no problem finding the net.

 

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