Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vancouver Canucks - 12/12/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (-129) Canucks (+117)
Rogers Arena is the venue where Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (15-12-4, 5th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Carolina Hurricanes (19-11-1, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) on Thursday. The odds on this game have the Hurricanes priced at -129 and the Canucks are at +117. The total has been set at 6. The Hurricanes cover 58.6% of the time, having gone 17-12 SU. Vancouver is covering 42.9% of the time, going 12-16 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this game holding a record of 19 wins and 11 losses, which is good for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 101 goals which has them at 7th in the East and 8th in the league. Their goal differential is +16, which is good for 5th in the league. The Hurricanes have earned a total of 39 pts, which has them at 10th in the league and 5th in the Eastern Conference. When it comes to shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 1,033 which has them at 4th in the conference and 6th in the league. As a team, Carolina has earned a total of 403 hits which means they have an average of 13 per contest. They have earned a total of 267 blocks for the year. The man looking after the net for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has played 1,177 minutes defending the goal for the year. Mrazek is conceding 2.60 goals against average which has him sitting 8th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 16th in the NHL. For the season, he has given up 51 goals. He has a save percentage of .903 which has him sitting 17th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Carolina Hurricanes will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 6 - 3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in their last game. The Hurricanes had a impressive offensive output in this win. For this game, they earned a goal on 6 out of the 32 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 4 power play opportunities and notched 3 goals out of those opportunities. Carolina had a total of 10 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Hurricanes was 38 and the Corsi against was 38 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 28 while the Fenwick against sat at 34, meaning they had a rate of 45.2%. They took 26 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 21 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 37.0% and they had a PDO of 107.5 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the Edmonton Oilers tallied 36 shots. They finished with a total of 18 penalty mins and they had 5 power play chances.
The Canucks will be the team across the ice and for the year they have 15 victories and 12 losses. With regard to goal differential, they rank 6th in the West and 13th in the NHL with +7. They currently have a total of 101 goals for the year which is 2nd in the West. Vancouver has a team save % of .904 which currently has them sitting 20th in the NHL, which means there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.1% which puts them at 4th in the conference. In goal for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom who is having an ok season by surrendering 2.72 goals against average and that places him 10th in the West and 20th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,149 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 52 goals. His save % is .912, which places him at 13th in the West and 23rd among goalies in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks squared up with the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game where the Canucks took a loss by a mark of 4 - 1. In this matchup, Vancouver wound up with a 48.8% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 42 while the opposition had a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick rate was 51.7% by earning a Fenwick of 31 and the Maple Leafs ending the game with a 29 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Vancouver played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 85.7 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 76.7%. The Canucks converted 1 goal of the 39 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. As for the opposition, the Maple Leafs had 2 power play chances but weren't able to take advantage of it. Vancouver allowed 26 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs racked up 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver (+117)
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