Carolina Hurricanes vs Montreal Canadiens Predictions, Hockey Picks 2/29/2020
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+104) Canadiens (-115)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (29-28-9, 5th in the Atlantic Division) play the Carolina Hurricanes (35-23-4, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) at Bell Centre on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The Canadiens open this game at -115 while the Hurricanes are priced at +104. The total is set at 6. The Hurricanes are covering 52.6% of the time, having gone 30-27 SU. Montreal is covering 40.3% of the time, going 25-37 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this matchup holding a record of 35 victories and 23 losses, which is good for 6th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 197 goals which ranks 9th in the conference and 15th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +21, which is good for 8th in the NHL. The Hurricanes have compiled a total of 74 pts, which ranks 13th in the NHL and 9th in the conference. When talking about shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 2,055 which ranks 6th in the East and 12th in the NHL. As a unit, Carolina currently has a total of 988 hits which has them averaging 15.9 per contest. They have compiled a total of 581 blocks for this year. Looking after the net for Carolina is Alex Nedeljkovic from Parma, Ohio. He is 24 years old and has played 60 mins minding the net for the campaign. Elliot is surrendering 4.01 goals against average which puts him at 34th in the Eastern Conference and 68th in the NHL among goalies. During this year, he's given up 4 goals. He has a save percentage of .750 which puts him at 39th in the Eastern Conference.
The Carolina Hurricanes were on the losing side of the ice with a 4 - 1 defeat to the Dallas Stars in their previous game. The Hurricanes left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this defeat. For this outing, they earned a goal on 1 of the 41 shots they looked to score on. They also had 4 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. Carolina earned a total of 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 47 and the Corsi against was 21 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 69.1%. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick against sat at 18, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 68.4%. They earned 19 face-off wins and were beaten on 20 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 78.3% and they had a PDO of 78.4 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Dallas Stars earned 16 shots. They had 8 penalty mins and they earned 3 power play chances.
The Canadiens will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they sit with 29 victories and 28 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference and 22nd in the NHL with -8. They have compiled a total of 195 goals for the year which puts them at 10th in the East. Montreal has a team save percentage of .902 which has them sitting 16th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They are shooting 8.6% which puts them at 14th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Montreal is Carey Price who is having an average season by allowing 2.76 GAA and that has him ranked 17th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 30th among goalies in the NHL. In the 3,262 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has allowed 150 goals. He has a save percentage of .910, which has him ranked 16th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 32nd among goalies in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens played the New York Rangers in a matchup where the Canadiens ended up losing by a score of 5 - 2. In their game, Montreal had a 60.2% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 68 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 45. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 55.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 43 and the Rangers having a 35 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Montreal played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO at even strength was 92.7 and they earned an oZS percentage of 61.3%. The Canadiens converted 2 goals of the 34 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Rangers had 3 power play opportunities and went on to score 1 goal. Montreal conceded 35 shots on goal and the Rangers ended up with a total of 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Carolina (+104)
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