Pittsburgh Penguins vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 22 (12/22): NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 22 (12/22): NHL

 

Odds

Time 7:00 p.m. EST
Penguins money line +110
Penguins spread +1.5 (-225)
Hurricanes money line -130
Hurricanes spread -1.5 (+185)
Over / under 6

 

2021-2022 season stats

  Pittsburgh Penguins Carolina Hurricanes
Record 21-8-2 19-6-6
Road / home record 11-1-1 8-3-1
Streak L5 W5
Goals per game 3.45 2.90
Goals allowed per game 2.48 2.58
Shots per game 35.5 34.7
Shots allowed per game 26.5 26.2
PP % 20.6% 18.10%
PK % 18.22% 20.80%
Over / under record 13-6-2 10-20-1
 

Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes continue at home and will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night at the PNC Arena. These teams faced each other 4 times last season and the Hurricanes led 3-1.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins have won 5 of their last 7 games and are 4-3-2 at home so far with a 11-8-4 record overall ranking 4th in the Metropolitan Division. They're coming from a tough loss at home vs Carolina as they lost in overtime 3-2. Guentzel and Sidney Crosby scored for Pittsburgh. Jarry stopped 36 shots.

Evgeni Malkin has eight goals and 12 assists for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby has six goals and 10 assists over the past 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Penguins are 6-2-2, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.7 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have won 9 of the last 10 games and are 8-3-1 at home ranking 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Carolina is 19-6-6 overall and 6-1-0 against the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes have gone 16-1-2 in games they score three or more goals. 

Martin Necas has 13 goals and 17 assists for the Hurricanes. Jordan Staal has four goals and one assist over the past 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Hurricanes were 9-1 averaging 3.4 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.5 penalties and seven penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Pittsburgh are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games.

Pittsburgh are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Carolina.

Pittsburgh are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games on the road.

Pittsburgh are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Carolina.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games.

Carolina are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games against Pittsburgh.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 6 games at home.on.

 

Prediction

The Penguins have been struggling lately and are currently on a 5 game losing streak but they're still #1 in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes are on a hot streak right now and are playing good at home. They rank #5 in defense in the NHL and have allowed only 1.6 goals per game in their last 5 games. With the Penguins struggling to score at this moment It's hard to trust them against a tough defense like Carolina. Take the Hurricanes to win. 

PICK: Hurricanes ML (-130)

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