Predators vs Hurricanes Prediction - NHL Picks 12/15/23

Carolina Hurricanes (16-12-1) vs Nashville Predators (16-13)

Game Info: Friday, December 15, 2023 at 7:30 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -176 / Nashville Predators +146 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nashville Predators will play the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nashville has won five of their last six games, while Carolina has won two games in a row. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Predators vs Hurricanes prediction.

Predators Preview

The Nashville Predators are 16-13-0 this year after they defeated Philadelphia by a score of 3-2 in overtime in their last game. Nashville blew a 2-0 lead and allowed the tying goal in the third period, but they were able to get the win early in overtime. The Predators were out shot by a total of 39-22 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Nashville’s only loss in their last six games came against Toronto by a score of 4-0. The Predators are scoring 3.07 goals per game and they are allowing 3.03 goals against per game, while going 20.6% on the power play and 77.7% on the penalty kill. Filip Forsberg has led Nashville with 15 goals, 18 assists, and 113 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Nashville is Juuse Saros, who is 13-10-0 this year with a 2.79 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. 

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Hurricanes Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes are 16-12-1 this season after they defeated Detroit by a score of 2-1 in their last game. Carolina was tied at one in the second period, but they scored the winning goal about halfway through the period. The Hurricanes out shot Detroit by a total of 39-26 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Carolina also defeated Ottawa by a score of 4-1 in the game before Detroit, but they lost the four games prior to that. Carolina is scoring 3.25 goals per game and they are allowing 3.25 goals against per game, while going 22.3% on the power play and 80% on the penalty kill. Sebastian Aho has led Carolina with 10 goals, 15 assists, and 80 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Carolina is Antti Raanta, who is 6-5-0 this season with a 3.40 goals against average and a .860 save percentage. 

Carolina Hurricanes Team Facts

  • The Hurricanes have lost nine of their last 10 games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Hurricanes have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last eight games following a road win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Hurricanes' last six games as home favorites.
  • Five of the Hurricanes' last six games as favorites on the second leg of a back-to-back have gone UNDER the total goals line.

Nashville Predators Team Facts

  • The Predators have won 10 of their last 11 games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Predators have covered the puck line in seven of their last eight games against the Hurricanes.
  • The Predators have won the first period in each of their last four games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Predators' last seven games following an overtime win.

Carolina Hurricanes Player Prop Facts

  • Brady Skjei has scored a goal in three of the Hurricanes' last four games against Central Division opponents at PNC Arena.
  • Jack Drury has recorded a point in each of the Hurricanes' last four games as favorites.
  • Andrei Svechnikov has recorded at least one assist in five of the Hurricanes' last six games at PNC Arena.
  • Seth Jarvis has the most multi-goal games for the Hurricanes this season (3).

Nashville Predators Player Prop Facts

  • Filip Forsberg has scored a goal in each of his last three appearances with the Predators as underdogs against the Hurricanes.
  • Ryan O'Reilly has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven appearances with his team as an underdog against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Gustav Nyquist has recorded at least one assist in five of the Predators' last six games as underdogs.
  • Juuso Parssinen recorded an equal-career-high two assists in his last game against the Hurricanes.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Carolina Hurricanes ranks 2nd in the league for shots per game this season (34.2).
  • The Carolina Hurricanes ranks 31st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (7).
  • The Nashville Predators ranks T26th in the league for Period 2 goals allowed per game this season (1.24).
  • The Nashville Predators ranks 8th in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (0.79).

Predators vs Hurricanes Betting Prediction

Carolina has bounced back from their four game losing streak with two solid wins over Detroit and Ottawa, but they will be on the second game of a back to back here. The Hurricanes outscored Detroit and Ottawa by a total of 6-2 in those two wins, but they will play a hot Nashville team here. The Predators have won five of their last six games and their defense has been amazing, as they have allowed two goals or fewer in three of their last four games. Nashville is a team that likes to play in lower scoring games and I think the pace will be a bit slower here, so I am taking the under in this game. 

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

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