Carolina Hurricanes vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/19/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+113) Avalanche (-125)
Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes (21-11-2, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) head to Pepsi Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Colorado Avalanche (22-9-3, 2nd in the Central Division). The moneyline on this contest has the Hurricanes coming in at +113 and the Avalanche are at -125. The O/U is set at 6. The Hurricanes are covering 58.1% of the time, having gone 18-13 SU. The Avalanche are covering 63.6% of the time, going 21-12 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this matchup with a record of 21 victories and 11 defeats, which is good for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 111 goals which is 7th in the Eastern Conference and 9th in the league. Their goal differential is +22, which is good for 5th in the league. The Hurricanes have compiled a total of 44 points, which is 7th in the league and 5th in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,135 which is 4th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the league. As a group, Carolina has racked up a total of 554 hits which has them averaging 16.3 per game. They have compiled a total of 332 blocks for this year. Looking after the goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has played 1,297 mins in net for the season. Mrazek is conceding an average of 2.54 goals per contest which has him sitting 11th in the Eastern Conference and 19th among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he's allowed 55 goals. His save % is .906 which has him sitting 21st in the Eastern Conference.
The Carolina Hurricanes will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 6 - 3 victory against the Winnipeg Jets in their previous contest. The Hurricanes had a solid offensive performance in this victory. In this game, they netted 6 of the 28 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 2 power play attempts and were able to notch 2 goals out of those opportunities. Carolina had a total of 4 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Hurricanes was 52 and the Corsi against was 44 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 54.2%. Their Fenwick was 34 while the Fenwick against was 35, meaning they had a rate of 49.3%. They earned 34 face-off wins at even strength and lost 26 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 35.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 112.2 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the Winnipeg Jets racked up 33 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 penalty mins and they had 2 power play attempts.
The Avalanche are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 22 wins and 9 losses. In connection with goal differential, they are sitting 1st in the conference and 2nd in the league with +31. They have a total of 123 goals for the year which puts them at 1st in the conference. Colorado has a save percentage as a team of .917 which is good for 5th in the league, meaning chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.4% which puts them at 1st in the conference. In net for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer who is having an average campaign by surrendering 2.83 goals against average and that has him ranked 15th among West goaltenders and 30th in the NHL. In the 1,059 minutes he's played this season, he has allowed 50 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .912, which has him ranking 16th among West goaltenders and 30th in the NHL.
The Colorado Avalanche squared up with the St. Louis Blues in an outing where the Avalanche ended up losing by a final of 5 - 2. In this game, Colorado wound up with a 47.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 48 while the opposition had a Corsi of 53. Their Fenwick percentage was 48.1% with a Fenwick of 39 and the Blues having earned a 42 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Colorado played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 94.0 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 58.2%. The Avalanche scored 2 goals of the 28 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing and were able to convert 1 out of those attempts. Regarding their opponent, the Blues had 3 power play attempts and were able to tally 2 goals. Colorado gave way to 35 shots on goal and the Blues ended up with a total of 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Carolina (+113)
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