A few weeks ago, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, 4-3. Hurricanes vs Penguins will meet again Friday, this time at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Check out our full NHL schedule. It’s the second-to-last meeting between the two Metropolitan Division rivals of this season, the final one in mid-March.
Odds haven’t been set for this matchup between Hurricanes vs Penguins, but with the Hurricanes 19-4-2 at home, expect Carolija to be a favorite. That’s unless Sebastian Aho has his tires slashed prior to arriving at the arena, The Hurricanes score 3.56 goals per home game and allow only 2.16. While Pittsburgh is strong on the road (18-6-3), home cooking likely overtakes the strength of the Penguins’ road play. Statistically, the Penguins only allow 2.29 goals per game on the road, so a low-scoring affair could be in order.
With 79 points, the Carolina Hurricanes sit at first in the Metropolitan Division, possessing a record of 37-11-5 to this point in the season. Sitting five points behind is Pittsburgh, with a record of 33-14-8. Both teams have won six of their last 10 games as they advance toward the playoffs. The Penguins have struggled to pull away from teams as of late, and that is not a winning formula versus a stout defense and strong offense in Carolina. Expect Carolina to take advantage of its speed and depth over the Penguins.
Anyone looking to get the spread/puck line will be taking a risk either way due to the expected odds. The Hurricanes, as the logical favorites, will have plus odds at -1.5, ranging from +150 to +200 against a strong Penguin team. The Penguins will have odds on the opposite end of the spectrum at +1.5 on the spread and odds of like -200 to -250.
While there is a chance that Penguins will take the cake, the best bets lie with the Carolina Hurricanes. They have been the more consistent team through the year on both ends of the ice. However, Carolina lost its most recent game, 4-3 at Detroit in overtime.