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Hurricanes visit Penguins in Pittsburgh Thursday Night

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With Carolina playing its best hockey of the season, the Penguins are trying to find consistency in its game. Thursday night is setting up to be a good divisional showdown.

Oddsmakers have the Pens as -150-moneyline favorites. The total is at 5.5.

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Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are all on pace for 80-plus point seasons. Pittsburgh is still fighting for their playoff lives. The reason for their mediocrity? Look to the other end of the ice.

They rank ninth-last in goals allowed per game (3.12), and defenseman Justin Schultz stands as one of two players on the Pens with a plus rating (+2). The fact that Matt Murray’s save percentage is hovering just over .900 doesn’t help. The result is a team that can’t keep the puck out of its net.

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Carolina prides itself in being a defensively-sound team. The Hurricanes have surrendered more than two goals in just four of their last 10 games. They have won seven of those contests.

Veteran netminder, Cam Ward, has taken over as the Hurricane’s No. 1 goalie, and has flourished in the role, going 10-2-1 with a save percentage of .911. If Ward continues to roll, the Canes will be a team to reckon with in the second half of the season and will give the Pens trouble on Thursday.

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Recent Form

Team Record Money Offense Defense Fave Dog O/U
Carolina 18-13-8 -$434.00 2.82 3.05 11-10 7-11 18-19-2
Pittsburgh 20-18-3 -$654.00 2.83 3.15 16-15 4-6 21-18-2
Team Records

Carolina Hurricanes

Name Record Home Away Fave Dog O/U
Overall 18-13-8 10-4-4 8-9-4 11-5-5 7-8-3 18-19-2
Last 10 7-2-1 4-0-1 3-2-0 4-0-1 3-2-0 4-6
vs Div 4-3-3 3-1-2 1-2-1 2-1-2 2-2-1 3-5-2
vs EAST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
vs WEST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Pittsburgh Penguins

Name Record Home Away Fave Dog O/U
Overall 20-18-3 12-6-1 8-12-2 16-13-1 4-5-2 21-18-2
Last 10 4-6-0 2-2-0 2-4-0 3-4-0 1-2-0 3-6-1
vs Div 7-3-0 4-1-0 3-2-0 5-2-0 2-1-0 6-4
vs EAST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
vs WEST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 2.82 19 3.15 23
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 2.71 17 2.74 15
Away Team Road Powerplay vs Home Team Home Penalty Kill 12.70 29 81.25 19
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 2.83 18 3.05 20
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 3.21 13 3.24 18
Home Team Home Power Play vs Away Team Road Penalty Kill 24.36 8 77.36 23

Head To Head Summary

Team record O/U AVG shots power play goals power play percentage penalty kill percentage power play chances
Carolina 3-6-1 2-6-2 1.60 30.40 5 15.63 73.91 32
Pittsburgh 7-2-1 2-6-2 3.10 31.20 6 26.09 84.38 23

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line Total O/U away shots home shots Away Power Play Goals Home Power Play Goals Away Power Plays Home Power Plays Away PP% Home PP% Away PK% Home PK%
Dec 29, 2017 PIT 1 CAR 2 -130 5.5 U 28 33 0 0 2 2 0 0 100 100
Apr 2, 2017 CAR 2 PIT 3 -190 5.5 U 35 26 1 2 3 2 33.3 100 0 66.7
Feb 21, 2017 PIT 3 CAR 1 129 5.5 U 22 30 1 1 4 5 25 20 80 75
Jan 20, 2017 PIT 7 CAR 1 108 6.5 O 41 28 1 0 3 3 33.3 0 100 66.7
Dec 28, 2016 CAR 2 PIT 3 -159 5.5 U 46 26 0 0 0 0
Mar 17, 2016 CAR 2 PIT 4 -185 5 O 33 48 0 0 5 3 0 0 100 100
Feb 12, 2016 PIT 2 CAR 1 105 5 U 26 30 0 0 1 3 0 0 100 100
Jan 17, 2016 CAR 0 PIT 5 -147 5 P 22 32 0 1 4 4 0 25 75 100
Jan 12, 2016 PIT 2 CAR 3 104 5 P 25 21 0 1 2 3 0 33.3 66.7 100
Dec 19, 2015 CAR 2 PIT 1 -135 5 U 26 38 2 1 4 2 50 50 50 50

NHL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Carolina Hurricanes

Date Opponent score Result line shots shots against power play penalty kill opposing goalie Location
Jan 2, 2018 WAS 4-5 L -119 38 26 1/4 2/2 Braden Holtby H
Dec 30, 2017 STL 2-3 L 120 25 29 0/2 2/2 Carter Hutton A
Dec 29, 2017 PIT 2-1 W -130 33 28 0/2 2/2 Tristan Jarry H
Dec 27, 2017 MON 3-1 W -137 36 24 1/3 2/2 Carey Price H
Dec 23, 2017 BUF 4-2 W -218 38 22 1/4 2/2 Chad Johnson H

Pittsburgh Penguins

Date Opponent score Result line shots shots against power play penalty kill opposing goalie Location
Jan 2, 2018 PHI 5-1 W 104 25 28 2/2 4/4 Brian Elliott A
Dec 31, 2017 DET 1-4 L -133 38 23 1/3 1/1 Jimmy Howard A
Dec 29, 2017 CAR 1-2 L 118 28 33 0/2 2/2 Cam Ward A
Dec 27, 2017 CLB 5-4 W -149 37 33 2/4 3/3 Sergei Bobrovsky H
Dec 23, 2017 ANA 0-4 L -175 29 23 0/2 1/2 John Gibson H

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