Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings

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The Carolina Hurricanes won their 8th game in a row when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1, catapulting the team back into first place in the Central Division with 20 wins on the season. The Hurricanes will hope to sweep the mini-series against the Red Wings as they will face them once again. The Red Wings meanwhile have looked awful this season and if the losses continue to pile up, the team might have to trade away several of their key players.

Hurricanes winning streak hits 8 games

The Hurricanes have looked like one of the best teams in the NHL with an 8 game winning streak and winning games with both great offensive play and defensive play. The recent 2-1 victory is a reminder of how good the defense is with the team only allowing 2.5 goals per game with Dougie Hamilton and Jaccob Slavin combining for 3.8 defensive point shares and 69 blocked shots. In addition, the goaltending duo of James Reimer and Alex Nedeljkovic has been playing well this season with both goalies allowing less than 2.5 goals per game.

While the defense played well in the recent game, the offense has fueled the winning streak and is scoring 3.3 goals per game this season. The duo of Nino Niederreiter and Vincent Trocheck have combined for 25 goals this season and Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal have combined for 20 goals this season. With 8 skaters scoring 5 goals or more for the offense, the Hurricanes have been a tough team to defend this season.

Red Wings offense has struggled

The Red Wings have looked like one of the worst teams in the NHL this season with the team only winning 8 of their first 29 games. The offense has struggled in particular with the team only scoring 2.2 goals per game and outside of Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Dylan Larkin nobody else on the offense has more than 5 goals this season.

The offense has played poorly and the defense hasn’t helped the cause either, allowing 3.3 goals per game. While Jonathan Merrill and Patric Nemeth have combined for 2.5 defensive point shares, the rest of the unit has struggled to allow opponents to easily find scoring chances. In addition, the offseason acquisition, Thomas Greiss, has been a disaster as the Red Wings backup goalie, allowing 3.4 goals per game in the 17 games he’s played this season.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

The Hurricanes and Red Wings played a close game in the first matchup of this mini-series but there is a serious question on whether that game was the exception or the rule. In the upcoming game, we can expect the Red Wings to constantly be overwhelmed by the Hurricanes’ offense while their struggling offense fails to find the back of the net often, if at all. Moreover, skaters like Sebastian Aho and Vincent Trocheck have been red hot in recent games and after being blanked in the first game, we can expect them to catch fire in the upcoming game. The Hurricanes should not only win this game but also cover the spread to extend their winning streak to 9 games.

Hurricanes -1.5 (+109)

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Full-Game Total Pick

The two teams combined for 3 goals in the first game with the Red Wings stepping up defensively. The inclination is to believe that the two teams will struggle to find the back of the net once again but the Hurricanes scoring depth should be able to wake up in the second game. Expect skaters like Aho, Trocheck, and Staal to be able to pile on the goals against the Red Wings while the Red Wings struggling offense finds the back of the net at least once in this game to help make this a high scoring game. Expect the total to go Over with both teams playing better on the offensive end.

Over 5.5