Carolina Hurricanes vs Philadelphia Flyers Predictions, Free NHL Picks 3/5/2020
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+144) Flyers (-160)
Wells Fargo Center is the site where Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers (38-20-7, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Carolina Hurricanes (35-24-5, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) on Thursday. The Flyers open this matchup at -160 while the Hurricanes are coming in at +144. The over/under is set at 6. The Hurricanes are covering 50.9% of the time, having gone 30-29 SU. Philadelphia covers 55.0% of the time, going 33-27 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this game holding a record of 35 victories and 24 defeats, putting them at 6th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 202 goals which ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference and 17th in the league. Their goal differential is +19, putting them at 8th in the league. The Hurricanes have compiled a total of 75 points, which ranks 14th in the league and 9th in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 2,132 which ranks 6th in the East and 10th in the league. As a group, Carolina has a total of 1,037 hits which has them averaging 16.2 per contest. They have compiled a total of 607 blocks for this season. In goal for Carolina is Alex Nedeljkovic from Parma, Ohio. He is 24 years old and has been on the ice a total of 96 mins protecting the goal this year. Elliot is surrendering 3.11 goals per contest which puts him at 25th among East goaltenders and 53rd in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he has allowed 5 goals. He holds a save percentage of .857 which puts him at 37th among East goaltenders.
The Carolina Hurricanes had a rough game after their 4 - 3 loss against the Montreal Canadiens their last time out. The Hurricanes had a middle of the road offensive output in this loss. For this outing, they finished 3 out of the 30 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 2 power play chances but didn't get a goal. Carolina ended up with 8 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 43 and the Corsi against was 64 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 40.2%. Their Fenwick was 33 and the Fenwick against was 46, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 41.8%. They earned 23 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 27 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 37.8% and they had a PDO of 100.9 for this matchup. Regarding their opponent, the Montreal Canadiens racked up a total of 39 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty minutes and they notched 3 power play opportunities.
The Flyers will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 38 wins and 20 losses. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 3rd in the East and 5th in the NHL with +30. They have earned a total of 215 goals for the year which ranks 7th in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has a team save % of .900 which has them ranked 23rd in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.5% which is good for 5th in the conference. In goal for Philadelphia is Carter Hart who is having a marginal season by giving up 2.51 goals against average and that ranks him 8th in the Eastern Conference and 13th in the NHL. In the 2,179 minutes he's played this season, he has given up 91 goals. His save percentage is .909, which has him ranking 17th in the Eastern Conference and 35th in the NHL.
The Philadelphia Flyers faced off against the New York Rangers in an outing where the Flyers ended up with the win by a mark of 5 - 3. In this outing, Philadelphia had a 34.3% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 24 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 46. Their Fenwick percentage was 34.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 19 and the Rangers earning a 36 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Philadelphia had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 106.7 and they earned an oZS percentage of 55.6%. The Flyers scored 5 goals of the 26 shots on goal they tried. They had 5 power play chances in this game and converted 3 out of those chances. In discussing the opposition, the Rangers had 6 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 3 goals. Philadelphia allowed 26 shots on goal and the Rangers racked up 20 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-160)
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