NHL Betting Preview: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Tuesday, March 19, 2019

by Mar 19, 2019NHL

Matchup at a Glance

Where: PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina

When: Tuesday March 19th at 7:00 PM ET

Money Line: Carolina -140

Total: 6.5

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BetDSI has the Carolina Hurricanes listed as -140 money line favorites over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Carolina Hurricanes enter this game with a record of 39-25-7 and have won three of their last five games including a home win on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 4-2.

The Pittsburgh Penguins enter this game with a record of 39-24-10 and have won three of their last five games, but have lost two games in a row including a home loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday by a score of 1-2. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are 39-24-10 overall and 18-11-7 on the road.  The Pittsburgh Penguins may have lost two games in a row, but they are securely in the playoffs and even though they are an older team they could still make a deeper run in the playoffs this season. They currently have 88 points on the season which is the 6th most in the Eastern Conference and 3rd most in the Metropolitan division. Pittsburgh is 39-24-10 overall, 18-11-7 on the road and 6-6 as an underdog.

Sidney Crosby leads the team in points and assists with 92 points and 59 assists. Jake Guentzel leads the team in goals with 36. Matt Murray is 24-12-4 with a .916 save % and is allowing 2.83 goals per game this season.

Pittsburgh is averaging 3.41 goals per game this season which ranks 7th in the NHL. They are averaging 32.85 shots per game which is tied for 8th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.71 power play goals per game which ranks 7th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.82 power-play chances per game which is tied for 23rd in the NHL.

The Penguins are allowing 3.01 goals per game which ranks 16th in the NHL.

 

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes are 39-25-7 overall and 19-11-4 at home.  The Carolina Hurricanes are hanging on to a wild card spot as they have a four-point lead over the Montreal Canadiens and a one-point lead over the Blue Jackets in the wild-card race with likely two of those three teams making the playoffs as the two wildcards. Carolina currently has 85 points on the season which is 7th most in the Eastern Conference and 4th most in the Metropolitan division. Carolina is 39-25-7 overall, 19-11-4 at home and 30-15-4 as a favorite this season.

Sebastian Aho leads the team in points and goals with 78 points and 30 goals. Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Tevarainen are tired for the team lead in assists with 48 apiece. Petr Mrazek is 18-13-3 with a .908 save % and is allowing 2.52 goals per game this season.

Carolina is averaging 2.99 goals per game which ranks 16th in the NHL. They are averaging 34.75 shots per game which is the most in the NHL. They are averaging 0.55 power play goals per game which is tied for 16th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.20 power-play chances per game which ranks 7th in the NHL.

The Hurricanes are allowing 2.76 goals per game which ranks 7th in the NHL.

Pittsburgh wins on the road

Both of these teams should be playoff teams and the winner of this game will take a step further in clinching a spot in the playoffs. Pittsburgh is 7-3 in their last ten match-ups with Carolina while outscoring the Hurricanes by an average of 2.90 to 1.80 in those games. The Penguins are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Hurricanes while outscoring Carolina by an average of 3 to 1.67 in those contests. I look for those trends to continue with a Penguins win on the road in the game on Tuesday against the Hurricanes.

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