A pair of teams that each took the ice last night, the Anaheim Ducks and the Carolina Hurricanes collide at PNC Arena. Prime Ticket will air this cross-country matchup, and the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 17.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Losing 0.1 units for moneyline bettors, the Hurricanes are 27-20 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from the 46-36 record the team managed during the 2018-19 season campaign. Out of the team’s 47 regular season contests, 25 of them have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 15-8 SU at home this year.
Carolina has connected on 21.9 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.6 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Carolina has been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over its last five contests at home. The team’s had to defend opposition power plays for just 6.8 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.
Averaging 24.3 saves per game with a .904 save percentage, Petr Mrazek (17-14-2) has been the principal option in goal for the Hurricanes this year. Mrazek did just play last night, however, so head coach Rod Brind Amour might opt to give him a rest and turn to James Reimer instead (10-8-8 record, .917 save percentage, 2.60 goals against average).
Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov will both lead the offensive attack for the Hurricanes. Teravainen (44 points) has tallied nine goals and 35 assists and has recorded two or more points in 10 different games this year. Svechnikov has 18 goals and 24 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 28 contests.
Anaheim has lost 13.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 18-29 straight up (SU). A total of 25 of its games have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under the total and none have pushed. Anaheim’s 7-17 SU as the away team this season.
Anaheim has converted on just 15.1 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 30th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.8 percent of all opponent power plays.
Anaheim’s skaters have been called for penalties 4.2 times per game this season, and 1.8 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 6.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
John Gibson (.906 save percentage and 2.96 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Anaheim. Gibson is averaging 28.3 saves per game and has 14 wins, 22 losses, and three OT losses to his credit.
For the visiting Ducks, the offense will be heavily coordinated by Ryan Getzlaf (11 goals, 21 assists) and Jakob Silfverberg (15 goals, 13 assists).
Anaheim Ducks vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Picks
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Over
Anaheim (4-1 in shootouts) has more shootout experience coming into this one. Carolina, however, has yet to lose a shootout this year (2-0).
The under has hit in four of Carolina’s last five games.
Anaheim has managed 28.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Carolina has been attempting 32.4 shots per game over its last five at home.
Six of Anaheim’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-5 in those games.
Anaheim skaters recorded 23.2 hits per game last season, while the Canes accounted for 26.7 hits per contest.