PNC Arena will be the site for an East-West matchup as the Vancouver Canucks pay a visit to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s the last time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. The game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9 and it can be seen live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Carolina (+155) is entering this one as the underdog to Carolina (-175), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.
Losing 8.8 units for moneyline bettors, Carolina is 24-30 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with the 36-46 record the team produced during last year’s regular season campaign. Of its 54 regular season matches, 29 have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 12-14 SU at home this season.
The Hurricanes have converted on 19.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.1 percent of all penalties.
The Hurricanes, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 2.8 times per game overall this season, 2.2 per game over their last five matchups total, and 2.2 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
Averaging 24.3 saves per game with a .892 save percentage, Scott Darling (nine wins, 21 losses, and six OT losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Canes this season. If Carolina chooses to rest him, however, the team may turn to Cam Ward (15-12-12 record, .910 save percentage, 2.65 goals against average).
The Canes will continue seeking offensive production from Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho. Teravainen (42 points) has produced 13 goals and 29 assists and has recorded multiple points on 10 different occasions this year. Aho has 19 goals and 21 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 27 contests.
On the other side of the ice, Vancouver is 21-33 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 30 of its outings have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and none have pushed. The Canucks are 11-16 SU as a road team this season.
The Canucks have scored on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for ninth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully defended 77.3 percent of all penalties.
Vancouver’s players have been penalized 3.8 times per game this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jacob Markstrom (2.75 goals against average and .908 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom is averaging 26.5 saves per game and owns a 15-25-5 record.
Brock Boeser (26 goals, 21 assists) will pace the attack for the visiting Canucks.
Vancouver Canucks at Carolina Hurricanes Free Picks
Over Carolina’s last ten outings, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-5 in those games).
Vancouver has scored just 1.7 goals per game (while allowing 4.0) over its three-game losing skid.
The Hurricanes are 14-17 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 20-24 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
Carolina is 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vancouver is 0-3 in shootouts.
The under has hit in each of Carolina’s last five games.
Carolina has averaged 2.7 goals per game (overall) this season, but has been averaging 1.0 goal per contest over its three-game losing streak.
Carolina skaters have averaged 9.6 giveaways over its last five home games, right in line with its season average of 9.7 giveaways per game (ranked 18th).
Vancouver is ranked 11th this season with 8.7 giveaways per game. That figure’s trended lower lately, however, as it’s averaged 7.3 giveaways over its last 10 games and 7.0 giveaways over its last five.