We have an 11-game slate in the NHL scheduled for Saturday, February 25, and here you can check out the best Ducks vs. Hurricanes betting pick and odds.
Carolina will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set when they welcome Anaheim at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes are massive -445 moneyline favorites on BookMaker Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. These inter-conference rivals will meet for the second time this year; the Ducks won 4-3 in overtime in Anaheim.
Ducks snapped a losing streak in D.C.
The Anaheim Ducks (18-34-4-3, 26-33 ATS) managed to snap a six-game losing skid with a 4-2 road victory over the Washington Capitals. The Ducks opened a four-game road trip with a pair of defeats to the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, but they did beat the Capitals and now will conclude their road trip with this game against Carolina on Saturday. Even with this victory, Anaheim remained at the bottom of the Western Conference with 43 points.
The Ducks came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to win 4-2 in the nation’s capital. Four different players scored for Anaheim, but Jakob Silfverberg and Derek Grant netted in the final period to help their team to get a W. John Gibson was excellent at the goal as he registered 41 saves. So far this year, Trevor Zegras leads the Ducks in points with 48 (G 19, A 29), while Troy Terry has 43 (G 14, A 29).
John Gibson (11-23-6) is expected to take his place in the cage against Carolina on Saturday. The 29-year-old is conceding 4.01 goals per game this year with a .900 SV% and one shutout.
C Adam Henrique (lower body), G Anthony Stolarz (lower body), RW Troy Terry (upper body), D Urho Vaakanainen (lower body), and D Jamie Drysdale (shoulder) are out indefinitely. D John Klingberg (lower body) is questionable to play on Saturday in Carolina.
Hurricanes beat the Blues at home
The Carolina Hurricanes (38-10-6-2, 25-31 ATS) are in excellent form recently; they won 11 of the previous 12 games and are now on a four-game winning streak. The Hurricanes opened their five-game home stand with three victories over the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, and St. Louis Blues, allowing just four and scoring 14 goals in return. Carolina remains 2nd in the Eastern Conference with 84 points, nine behind the Boston Bruins.
Andrei Svechnikov scored a couple of goals and ended the tilt with three points as the Canes defeated the Blues 4-1. Seth Jarvis also had three points, while Sebastian Aho and Brent Burns contributed two points each. Frederik Andersen was rock-solid at the goal with 35 stops. When it comes to points this season, Martin Necas is Carolina’s top producer with 51 points (G 22, A 29), followed by Sebastian Aho with 50 (G 25, A 25) and Andrei Svechnikov with 49 points (G 21, A 28).
Frederik Andersen (14-4-0) is going to return to the goal against the Ducks on Saturday. The 33-year-old is allowing 2.44 goals per contest this season with a .908 SV% and no shutouts.
LW Max Pacioretty (Achilles) and RW Ondrej Kase (concussion) are out indefinitely and will not feature on Saturday against the Ducks.
- 2-9 in the last 11 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 9-27 in the last 36 vs. Eastern Conference rivals
- 7-2 in the last nine Saturday games
- 39-15 in the last 54 vs. Pacific Division opponents
- 45-16 in the last 61 home games
Anaheim Ducks vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick
Even though the Canes will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set after they face Ottawa on Friday, I am pretty sure they will have no problems beating the Ducks on Saturday. Carolina owes Anaheim one for losing in California earlier this season, so I am backing the hosts to get a comfortable victory. The Hurricanes have a top-10 offense that averages 3.38 goals per game opposite the Ducks’ 2.47 gpg, which is the second least efficient offense in the NHL. Also, Anaheim has the weakest defense in the league that allows 4.15 goals per contest, while Carolina has the fourth-best D that surrenders 2.59 gpg.
Pick: Take the Hurricanes at -1.5 Puck Line (-120)
Carolina scored at least four goals in nine of the last 12 games and considering the Ducks’ porous defense, I am backing the hosts to score 4+ here without trouble. Anaheim did score 3+ in six of the previous eight, so the visitors should contribute enough for the Over bet. Over is 15-5-1 in the Ducks’ last 21 overall; Over is 11-4-1 in Anaheim’s previous 16 road games, while Over is 5-0 in the Hurricanes’ last five vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Pick: Go Over 6.5 goals (-110)