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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Team Records

Carolina Hurricanes

Last 107-2-14-0-13-2-04-0-13-2-04-6
vs Div4-3-33-1-21-2-12-1-22-2-13-5-2
vs EAST0-00-00-00-00-00-0
vs WEST0-00-00-00-00-00-0

Pittsburgh Penguins

Last 104-6-02-2-02-4-03-4-01-2-03-6-1
vs Div7-3-04-1-03-2-05-2-02-1-06-4
vs EAST0-00-00-00-00-00-0
vs WEST0-00-00-00-00-00-0


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense2.82193.1523
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense2.71172.7415
Away Team Road Powerplay vs Home Team Home Penalty Kill12.702981.2519
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense2.83183.0520
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense3.21133.2418
Home Team Home Power Play vs Away Team Road Penalty Kill24.36877.3623

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordO/UAVGshotspower play goalspower play percentagepenalty kill percentagepower play chances

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineTotalO/Uaway shotshome shotsAway Power Play GoalsHome Power Play GoalsAway Power PlaysHome Power PlaysAway PP%Home PP%Away PK%Home PK%
Dec 29, 2017PIT1CAR2-1305.5U2833002200100100
Apr 2, 2017CAR2PIT3-1905.5U3526123233.3100066.7
Feb 21, 2017PIT3CAR11295.5U2230114525208075
Jan 20, 2017PIT7CAR11086.5O4128103333.3010066.7
Dec 28, 2016CAR2PIT3-1595.5U46260000
Mar 17, 2016CAR2PIT4-1855O3348005300100100
Feb 12, 2016PIT2CAR11055U2630001300100100
Jan 17, 2016CAR0PIT5-1475P2232014402575100
Jan 12, 2016PIT2CAR31045P25210123033.366.7100
Dec 19, 2015CAR2PIT1-1355U2638214250505050

NHL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Carolina Hurricanes

DateOpponentscoreResultlineshotsshots againstpower playpenalty killopposing goalieLocation
Jan 2, 2018WAS4-5L-11938261/42/2Braden HoltbyH
Dec 30, 2017STL2-3L12025290/22/2Carter HuttonA
Dec 29, 2017PIT2-1W-13033280/22/2Tristan JarryH
Dec 27, 2017MON3-1W-13736241/32/2Carey PriceH
Dec 23, 2017BUF4-2W-21838221/42/2Chad JohnsonH

Pittsburgh Penguins

DateOpponentscoreResultlineshotsshots againstpower playpenalty killopposing goalieLocation
Jan 2, 2018PHI5-1W10425282/24/4Brian ElliottA
Dec 31, 2017DET1-4L-13338231/31/1Jimmy HowardA
Dec 29, 2017CAR1-2L11828330/22/2Cam WardA
Dec 27, 2017CLB5-4W-14937332/43/3Sergei BobrovskyH
Dec 23, 2017ANA0-4L-17529230/21/2John GibsonH

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