The Carolina Hurricanes (+100) travel to face the Florida Panthers (-120) at FLA Live Arena on Wednesday. The total is 5.5 (O: +105, U: -125)
Carolina is averaging 3.18 goals per game for the season, 16th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Panthers team that is allowing 3.22 goals a game (20th).
Meanwhile, Florida has found the net 3.44 times a game on average, fifth in the league, and will be looking to break down the Hurricanes’ stout defense, which is holding opponents to 2.54 goals per game (2nd). Both teams average more shots per game than most teams in the league.
Florida’s 36.1 average ranks first, while Carolina ranks No. 3 with 34.9 attempts. When it comes to shot-stopping, the Hurricanes have been more successful with a team save percentage of .909% (11th), while the Panthers have stopped .908% of shots as a team (12th).
Look for several power play opportunities for the Hurricanes, as the Panthers have been penalized 4.69 times a game, second-most in the NHL, for an average of 12.26 minutes (third-highest).
The visitors are averaging 3.53 penalties (11th-fewest in the league) and 7.64 penalty minutes a game (2nd-fewest). The Panthers’ 22.86% power play percentage ranks 11th in the league, while the Hurricanes are 20th with a conversion rate of 19.73%. Carolina has been equally strong at penalty killing, boasting the league’s second-highest PK% at 84.80%. Florida ranks 23rd at 74.85%.
Martin Necas and Sebastian Aho have been the top skaters for the Hurricanes this season with 71 and 67 points. In the net, Antti Raanta (19-3-3) is Carolina’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.23 GAA, third-best in the league, and a .910% save percentage.
Frederik Andersen (21-11-1) leads the Hurricanes in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 2.48 and a save percentage of .903%. Matthew Tkachuk leads the Panthers in scoring with 109 points (7th in the league).
He has 40 goals and 69 assists (5th). Sergei Bobrovsky (24-20-3) has the best goals against average for Florida at 3.07. He has a save percentage of .901%.
HOME AND AWAY
Carolina is 27-14-6 on the road this season. Florida is 26-16-5 at home this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Florida Panthers (-115)
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*Odds correct at time of publication, courtesy of BetMGM.