Detroit Red Wings at Carolina Hurricanes

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The Carolina Hurricanes are coming off two impressive victories, defeating the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators to catapult them to the top of the Central Division. While the Hurricanes have been playing well this season, the Detriot Red Wings have done anything but and look like one of the worst teams in the NHL this season. As the Red Wings travel to Carolina for this game, they will hope that they can pull off the improbable upset and return to the win column for the first time in almost a week.

Detroit isn’t scoring

The Red Wings have only won 7 games this season out of the 25 games they have played. The team has struggled across the board but the offensive play has been awful in particular. Aside from Bobby Ryan and Anthony Mantha, the Red Wings have nobody scoring more than 6 goals this season as part of an offense that is scoring 2 goals per game. If the offense doesn’t start to improve around those two, we can expect to see Detroit trade them away only to make the offense worse but build for the future.

Along with the struggling offense, the defense hasn’t fared much better, allowing 3.2 goals per game and 11 in the last two games. Jonathan Merrill and Patrik Nemeth have been playing well, combining for 2.0 defensive point shares and 60 blocked shots but the rest of the unit has struggled and opponents are able to constantly find scoring opportunities against them. In addition, the Red Wings goaltending duo of Jonathan Bernier and Thomas Greiss has struggled this season with Greiss in particular, allowing 3.3 goals per game.

Hurricanes offense fuels streak

The Carolina Hurricanes have won the last three games with a sweep of the Panthers and a 4-2 victory against the Nashville Predators. The Hurricanes have been playing well offensively the entire season averaging 3.2 goals per game and the winning streak has been no exception. Vincent Trocheck has led the way this season with 12 goals but Sebastian Aho has turned up the heat with some big goals in recent games to give him 8 on the season.

While the offense is picking up the pace to lead the winning streak, the defense has been consistently strong for the past few seasons. Dougie Hamilton and Jaccob Slavin have led the top pairing, combining for 2.9 defensive point shares and 48 blocked shots. Brett Pesce, Brady Skjei, and Jake Gardiner have also played well to give the Hurricanes a great defense with all 3 pairings. In addition, the goaltending trio of Petr Mrazek, James Reimer, and Alex Nedeljkovic have combined to save .914 percent of shots and allow only 2.4 goals per game.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Hurricanes are a heavy favorite in this game and betting on the Red Wings to win can give you good odds but it would be foolish to bet on a team that looks as terrible as the Red Wings. The Hurricanes should be able to eliminate a struggling offense and potentially shut them out with their great defense led by Hamilton and Slavin. The Hurricanes should also find the back of the net a few times in this game with their offense hitting its stride and the Red Wings struggling on the backend defensively. The Hurricanes should not only win this game but they should win handily to help them cover the spread as well.

Prediction:
Hurricanes -1.5 (+137)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Hurricanes offense has been playing great in recent games and the Red Wings defense and goaltending have struggled this year. This game will ultimately come down to the ability of the Hurricanes to limit the Red Wings offense and potentially shut them out. The reality is that the Red Wings only have two players who have shown the ability to score this year and the Hurricanes can eliminate both in this game easily. While the Hurricanes can also pile on the goals, they won’t score enough to run up the score as they will likely shutout the Red Wings. Expect the Under to cover in this game with the Hurricanes displaying great play on the defensive side.

Prediction:
Under 6