Carolina Hurricanes vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction, 12/12/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (-125) Canucks (+102)
Thatcher Demko and the Vancouver Canucks (11-15-2) play the Carolina Hurricanes (18-6-1) at Rogers Arena on Sunday. The Canucks open this contest at +102 while the Hurricanes are priced at -125. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
The Carolina Hurricanes were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 2-1 victory over the Flames in their last outing. Carolina had 6 penalty mins in this matchup. Moreover, they had 3 chances on the power play but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. The Hurricanes didn't have their best offensive outing in this win. While out there on the ice, they scored on 2 of the 26 shots they looked to score on.
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With regard to their scoring capabilities, the Carolina Hurricanes have earned 81 goals (12th in the NHL) so far this season and have given up 55. For the current campaign, they have scored 37 points and their points percentage is .740. Carolina comes into tonight with 80 power play opportunities and they have scored 16 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 20.00%. At even strength, the Hurricanes let the opposition score 43 goals while notching 65 on offense. Carolina has taken 830 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.8%. The Hurricanes have had 679 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .919. Carolina Hurricanes opponents have 97 power play opportunities (1st in pro hockey) and have come away with 12 goals in those chances.
The player in the crease for this game is Frederik Andersen. Opponents have racked up 1,032 goals versus Andersen in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.62. Andersen has taken the ice for 411 contests during his professional hockey career. He has a save percentage of .916 in his 23,663 mins in the crease. He has earned a mark of 239-105-48 and he has started in 399 games. Throughout his time in hockey, Andersen is sitting with 228 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .571. Andersen has seen 12,261 shots against him and has recorded 11,229 total saves.
In their last game, Vancouver squared up with the Jets in a matchup where the Canucks took home the victory by a score of 4-3. The Canucks scored 4 goals of the 36 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this one but weren't able to notch a goal.
The Canucks have earned 49 goals at even strength and 18 goals (10th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. Vancouver has tried 937 shots (3rd in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 7.15%, while allowing the opposition 905 shots. So far this year, the Vancouver Canucks have 67 goals, 24 points, as well as a points percentage of .429. They have recorded 96 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 18.75%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 65.93% on their opponents 91 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.8%. They have allowed 83 goals to be scored by way of 52 goals at even strength and 31 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the rink you are likely to see Thatcher Demko protecting the goal. His opponents are averaging 2.88 goals per game and he has allowed 268 goals altogether. Demko's rate of quality starts comes in at 56.5% and he has made 52 quality starting assignments in his career. He was named a starter in 92 games and his ice time sits at 5,574 minutes. Demko holds a lifetime mark of 45-42-5 and has participated in 95 games. He has recorded 2,769 saves out of 3,037 shots attempted against him, giving him a save % of .912.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Carolina (-125)
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