Bridgestone Arena is the site for an intriguing showdown as the Carolina Hurricanes pay a visit to Tennessee to face the Nashville Predators. It’s the last time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. Fox Sports Carolina will air this East-West matchup, which gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 18.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators Odds
With a moneyline of -130, Nashville comes into the contest as the favorite. The line for Carolina sits at +110, and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. If gamblers want to put some action on the game’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -110 for the over and -110 on the under at Draftkings NJ Sportsbook.
Though the team is 33-25 straight up (SU) this season, Carolina has actually lost 3.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 58 regular season matches, 30 of its games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and none have pushed. The Canes are 14-14 SU on the road in 2019-20.
Carolina has converted on 21.3 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it has successfully killed off 82.4 percent of its penalties.
Carolina, as a collective unit, has been sent to the penalty box 3.9 times per game overall during the 2019-20 season, 3.8 per game over its last five contests total, and 3.6 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Boasting a .903 save percentage and 24.8 saves per game, Petr Mrazek (19-17-2) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina this year. If Carolina decides to rest him, however, the team could roll with James Reimer (14-10-2 record, .914 save percentage, 2.67 goals against average).
The visiting Hurricanes have relied on Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho this year. Teravainen has 56 points on 12 goals and 44 assists, and has recorded two or more points 13 times. Aho has 33 goals and 23 assists to his credit (and has logged a point in 34 games).
On the other side of the rink, Nashville is 29-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. 33 of its matches have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 13-15 SU as the home team.
Nashville has converted on just 16.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places it in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
The Predators have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season, and 5.0 per game over their past five outings. The team has had to kill penalties a whopping 15.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Pekka Rinne has stopped 24.7 shots per game as the top choice in the crease for Nashville. Rinne has 18 wins, 16 losses, and three OT losses to his credit and has recorded a poor .898 save percentage and 3.04 goals against average this season.
The home team will be led on offense by Roman Josi (14 goals, 43 assists).
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under
The total has gone over in four of Carolina’s last five games.
Two clubs that put the puck on goal a lot, Carolina has taken the league’s seventh-most shots on goal (32.9) and Nashville has attempted the sixth-most (33.1). The Canes have averaged 30.4 shot attempts over their last five road games and the Preds have taken 28.4 shots over their last five home outings.
The Hurricanes are 9-5 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 20-16 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
Carolina is 5-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Nashville is 2-3 in shootouts.
Nashville is ranked 11th with 7.8 takeaways per game. That figure’s trended down, however, as it has averaged 6.1 takeaways over its last 10 games and 6.8 takeaways over its last five.
Carolina skaters have created 6.8 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 9.5 takeaways per game (ranked third overall).