Colorado Avalanche vs Carolina Hurricanes Predictions, Free NHL Pick 2/28/2020
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-123) Hurricanes (+111)
PNC Arena is the site where Alex Nedeljkovic and the Carolina Hurricanes (35-23-4, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Colorado Avalanche (37-18-7, 2nd in the Central Division) on Friday. The Hurricanes open this game at +111 while the Avalanche are priced at -123. The total is set at 6. The Avalanche are covering 59.0% of the time, having gone 36-25 SU. The Hurricanes are covering 52.6% of the time, going 30-27 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche head into this game holding a record of 37 victories and 18 defeats, which puts them at 2nd in the Central Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 214 goals which has them ranked at 1st in the Western Conference and 5th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +47, which puts them at 3rd in the NHL. The Avalanche currently have a total of 81 pts, which has them ranked at 5th in the NHL and 2nd in the Western Conference. With regard to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,026 which has them ranked at 7th in the Western Conference and 13th in the NHL. As a unit, Colorado currently has a total of 1,070 hits which means they have an average of 17.3 per game. They currently have a total of 754 blocks for this year. Protecting the goal for Colorado is Pavel Francouz from Plzen, Czechoslovakia. He is 29 years old and has racked up 1,488 mins protecting the goal for the year. Francouz is giving up 2.26 GAA which puts him at 3rd among West goaltenders and 6th in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he has surrendered 56 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .927 which puts him at 3rd among West goaltenders.
The Colorado Avalanche went home feeling good about their game by earning a 3 - 2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres the last time they stepped on the ice. The Avalanche had a middle of the road offensive performance in this win. While out there on the ice, they netted 3 out of the 34 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to net 2 goals out of those chances. Colorado racked up 4 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Avalanche sat at 65 and the Corsi against was 48 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 57.5%. Their Fenwick was 42 and the Fenwick against sat at 36, telling us they have a rate of 53.8%. They earned 25 face-off wins and lost 20 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 53.1% and they had a PDO of 96.4 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Buffalo Sabres put up 33 shots. They had a total of 6 penalty mins and they earned 2 power play opportunities.
The Hurricanes will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 35 victories and 23 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 6th in the conference and 8th in the league with +21. They have earned a total of 197 goals for this season which ranks them 9th in the East. Carolina has a save percentage as a team of .903 which currently has them ranked 15th in the league, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.6% putting them at 10th in the East. In goal for Carolina is Alex Nedeljkovic who is having a tough season by giving up 4.01 goals against average and that has him ranked 34th among East goaltenders and 68th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 60 mins he's been on the ice, he's given up 4 goals. He holds a save % of .750, which has him sitting 39th among East goaltenders and 75th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes went up against the Dallas Stars in a matchup where the Hurricanes were on the wrong end of the score by a mark of 4 - 1. In this game, Carolina went home with a 69.1% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 47 while their opponent had a Corsi of 21. Their Fenwick rate came in at 68.4% by notching a Fenwick of 39 and the Stars having a 18 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Carolina had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO at even strength was 78.4 and their oZS percentage was 78.3%. The Hurricanes netted 1 goal of the 41 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play chances in this outing but were not able to net one. As for their opponent, the Stars had 3 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Carolina gave way to 16 shots on goal and the Stars ended up with 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Carolina (+111)
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