Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins 12/31/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 12/30/2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh
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On Wednesday night, the struggling offense of the Carolina Hurricanes will be facing the high-scoring Pittsburgh Penguins. These two teams have played each other two times this season, with both teams picking up an away win.
In their game against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, the Hurricanes picked up their second straight loss by losing 3-1 at home. They lost that game despite going 1-for-2 on the power play and outshooting the Canadiens 29-19.
Carolina's offense has struggles pretty much all season and they are currently averaging just two goals per game. Center Eric Staal has been one of their better player this season, but even he has only been able to accumulate 20 points.
The Penguins are now on a season-long four-game losing streak being defeated 3-1 by the New Jersey Devils on Monday night. Their normally solid power play didn't show up in that loss, going 0-for-3 with the extra man.
Through 36 games this year, the Penguins are in the top 10 in the league in scoring, goals against and penalty kill percentage. Center Evgeni Malkin is playing at an All-Star level again this season by notching 16 goals and 25 assists. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been one of the best in the league this season by going 19-6-3 with six shutouts, a .927 save percentage and an excellent 2.16 GAA in 29 starts.
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Trends
Carolina Hurricanes are 10-26-0 Against the Spread
Carolina Hurricanes are 10-21-0 against the Over/Under
Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Penguins are 22-14-0 Against the Spread
Pittsburgh Penguins are 15-18-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/30/14 D John-Michael Liles Flu is downgraded to expected to miss Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh
12/29/14 RW Alexander Semin Upper Body "?" Wednesday vs Pittsburgh
12/15/14 C Andrej Nestrasil Upper Body out indefinitely
12/28/14 RW Patric Hornqvist Foot expected to miss 2-3 weeks
12/27/14 D Olli Maatta Shoulder out another 4 weeks
12/23/14 LW Blake Comeau Wrist expected to miss 1-2 weeks
12/22/14 RW Steve Downie Virus out indefinitely
12/22/14 GO Thomas Greiss Virus out indefinitely
12/20/14 D Christian Ehrhoff Undisclosed expected to miss 3 games
12/20/14 D Paul Martin Undisclosed out indefinitely
12/10/14 RW Beau Bennett Knee out indefinitely
12/03/14 C Scott Wilson Leg expected to miss 2-3 weeks
11/18/14 RW Pascal Dupuis Blood Clot out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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