Hurricanes vs Ducks Prediction - NHL Picks 10/15/23

Anaheim Ducks (0-1) vs Carolina Hurricanes (2-0)

Game Info: Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 8:30 pm (Honda Center)

Betting Odds: Anaheim Ducks +225 / Carolina Hurricanes -280 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Carolina Hurricanes will play the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Carolina has opened the season with two straight wins, while Anaheim lost their season opener on Saturday. 

Hurricanes Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes are 2-0-0 this season after they defeated the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 6-5 in a shootout on Saturday. Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and a 5-3 lead in the third period, but they allowed the Kings to tie the game, before they won in a shootout. The Hurricanes were out shot by a total of 30-19 and they went 0-4 on the power play, but they did score two shorthanded goals in the win. Carolina won 47.1% of the face-offs and recorded 13 hits. Carolina defeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 5-3 in their first game of the season. Sebastian Aho has one goal, two assists, and five shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for Carolina is Antti Raanta, who will be making his first start of the season.  

Ducks Preview

The Anaheim Ducks are 0-1-0 this season after they lost to the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 4-1 on Saturday night. Anaheim allowed the first three goals in this game and wasn’t able to score until the third period. The Ducks got their lone goal from Mason McTavish and it was assisted by Jamie Drysdale and Ryan Strome. Anaheim was out shot by a total of 38-23 and they went 0-3 on the power play in the loss. The Ducks won 48.2% of the face-offs and they recorded 25 hits in the game. Mason McTavish led the Ducks with one goal and three shots on goal in the game. John Gibson saved 34 out of 37 shots against the Golden Knights. The projected starting goalie for Anaheim is Lukas Dostal. 

Anaheim Ducks Team Facts

  • The Ducks have lost each of their last 14 games against opponents who are on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Ducks have failed to cover the puck line in seven of their last eight games as home underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Ducks have lost the first period in each of their last seven Sunday night games at Honda Center.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Ducks' last 14 games following a road loss.

Carolina Hurricanes Team Facts

  • The Hurricanes have lost three of their last four games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Hurricanes have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last nine night games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Hurricanes have won the first period in five of their last six games following a shootout win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Hurricanes' last seven games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.

Anaheim Ducks Player Prop Facts

  • Adam Henrique has scored a goal in four of his last five appearances with the Ducks as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Troy Terry has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances with the Ducks as home underdogs.
  • Trevor Zegras has recorded an assist in each of the Ducks' last four games on the second leg of a back-to-back.

Carolina Hurricanes Player Prop Facts

  • Teuvo Teravainen has scored a goal in each of the Hurricanes' last three games against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Sebastian Aho has recorded at least one point in nine of the Hurricanes' last 10 games as favorites.
  • Sebastian Aho has recorded an assist in each of the Hurricanes' last four games as favorites.
  • Brady Skjei has the equal-highest Plus/Minus for the Hurricanes this season (+3).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks T25th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (66.67%).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (0).
  • The Carolina Hurricanes ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).
  • The Carolina Hurricanes were one of only two teams to sweep the Kings this season.

Pick

Carolina comes into this game on a two game winning streak to start the season and they have looked very solid on offense, scoring 11 goals in the two games. Anaheim has only played the one game against the Golden Knights, but they were pretty much dominated in that one. Both teams played on Saturday and will be on the second game of a back to back, but I am going to side with the under in this game. Anaheim was only able to score the one goal and while Carolina has scored 5.5 goals per game, I think they will be slowed by the back to back. Take the under here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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