Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins Predictions, Hockey Picks 3/8/2020
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+153) Penguins (-170)
PPG Paints Arena is the venue where Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (39-21-6, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the Carolina Hurricanes (35-25-5, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) on Sunday. The Hurricanes open this contest at +153 while the Penguins are coming in at -170. The over/under is set at 6. The Hurricanes are covering 50.0% of the time, having gone 30-30 SU. The Penguins are covering 57.1% of the time, going 36-27 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this game holding a record of 35 wins and 25 losses, ranking them 7th in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 203 goals which has them at 10th in the conference and 18th in the league. Their goal differential is +16, ranking them 8th in the league. The Hurricanes currently have a total of 75 pts, which has them at 18th in the league and 10th in the East. When it comes to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,161 which has them at 6th in the Eastern Conference and 13th in the league. As a unit, Carolina has a total of 1,066 hits which has them averaging 16.4 per contest. They currently have a total of 610 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has played 2,261 minutes defending the net this season. Mrazek is giving up 2.71 goals per contest which has him placed 14th among East goaltenders and 26th in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he's given up 102 goals. His save percentage is .904 which has him placed 23rd among East goaltenders.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4 - 1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in their last contest. The Hurricanes could have played much better offensively in this loss. For this matchup, they finished 1 of the 29 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 1 power play chance but weren't able to score. Carolina earned 4 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 60 and the Corsi against was 42 giving them a Corsi percentage of 58.8%. Their Fenwick was 44 and the Fenwick against was 39, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 53.0%. They earned 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 30 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 61.8% and they had a PDO of 90.1 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers racked up a total of 32 shots. They had 2 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play chances.
The Penguins will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 39 victories and 21 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they sit 4th in the East and 6th in the NHL with +29. They have earned a total of 212 goals for the season which has them sitting at 8th in the East. Pittsburgh has a save percentage as a team of .907 which has them sitting 11th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.0% ranking them 8th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry who is having an ok season by giving up 2.31 goals per contest and that has him 4th in the East and 6th in the NHL. In the 1,866 minutes he's played this year, he has allowed 72 goals. He holds a save percentage of .924, which has him sitting 4th in the East and 6th in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins played the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup where the Penguins ended up with the victory by a score of 4 - 2. In this matchup, Pittsburgh went home with a 50.6% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 45 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick rate came in at 54.1% by earning a Fenwick of 40 and the Sabres earning a 34 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Pittsburgh had and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 105.5 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 31.6%. The Penguins notched 4 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play attempts in this one and were able to net 1 out of those chances. Regarding the opposition, the Sabres had 3 power play opportunities but didn't tally a goal. Pittsburgh gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Sabres ended up with 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Carolina (+153)
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