Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Wild and Hurricanes. The game is starting at 5:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6.5 goals, and the Hurricanes are favored to win at home against the Wild.
MINNESOTA WILD VS CAROLINA HURRICANES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Carolina Hurricanes -1.5
This game will be played at PNC Arena at 5:00 ET on Sunday, January 21st.
WHY BET THE CAROLINA HURRICANES:
- With the Hurricanes being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Hurricanes.
- Take the Hurricanes on the moneyline
- On the spread, we like Wild (+1.5)
Can Minnesota Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?
With a record of 19-21-5, the Wild have 43 points and are in 13th place in the Western Conference. In games against other Western Conference teams, Minnesota has gone 8-11 this season. On the road, the Wild have gone 8-12-2 this year.
Over their last ten games, Minnesota has gone just 3-7, and they have lost three of their last five games. As the underdog this season, the Wild have gone 6-17-3.
Minnesota enters the game with a puck line record of 23-22 and an average scoring margin of -0.4 goals per game. So far this season, the Wild have 12 wins by multiple goals and 15 losses by more than one goal.
Over their last ten games, Minnesota has gone just 3-7 against the puck line, and they are 15-11 against the puck line as the underdog. On the road, the Wild have a puck line mark of 12-10.
The average goal total for Minnesota’s games is sitting at 6.4. The average over/under line for the season is 6.2. The Wild come in with an over/under record of 22-19-4.
Across the Wild last three road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 6. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.
On the offensive side, the Wild are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 22nd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 18th in the league. Looking at how the Wild’s offense is performing during power plays, they are 14th in power play goals and 22nd in shorthanded goals.
Minnesota’s leading goal scorer is Joel Eriksson Ek. So far this season, he has 18 goals, placing him 40th in the NHL. Eriksson Ek also comes into the game with 15 assists.
In terms of defense, the Hurricanes head into the game ranked 32nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 25.3 shots per game against Carolina. So far, they are 17th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Carolina, goalie Filip Gustavsson has started 24 games in this season. His current record is 11-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.777%.
Can the Hurricanes Offense Score Enough at Home?
At home this season, the Hurricanes have been the favorite in 17 of their 21 games, going 13-4-4 in those games. Overall, Carolina is 25-14-5 and is in 5th place in the Eastern Conference. In the Metropolitan Division, the Hurricanes are in 3rd place with an 8-6 record against divisional opponents.
Over their last ten games, Carolina has gone 8-2, and they have won three of their last five games. Against other teams from the Eastern Conference, the Hurricanes have gone 17-9 this season.
Carolina enters the game with a puck line record of 17-27 this season, including a mark of 9-12 at home. Overall, the Hurricanes have 16 wins by multiple goals compared to 9 wins by just one goal.
So far this year, Carolina has been favored in 40 games and has a puck line record of 15-25 in those contests. Across their last 10 games at home, the Hurricanes are 4-6 against the puck line.
On average, Carolina’s games have finished with 6.5 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.3. In total, the Hurricanes come in with an over/under record of 22-21-1.
In their last three games away from home, the Wild have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 3 goals per game in this stretch.
For their offensive performance, the Hurricanes come in averaging 3.4 goals per game this season, which is 8th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 5th in the league. Looking at how the Hurricanes’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 3rd in power play goals and 6th in shorthanded goals.
Carolina’s leading scorer is Sebastian Aho. So far, he has 16 goals which is 52nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Aho has 34 assists this season.
The Hurricanes defense is currently 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 25.3 shots per game against Carolina. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 17th with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Antti Raanta gets the start and has made 17 starts this season. His record at this point is 10-6, and his save percentage is 0.485%.