Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction 3/26/2024

The Carolina Hurricanes (45-20-7) travel to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-31-10) on Tuesday, March 26th. This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and televised on ESPN+. The Hurricanes are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Penguins are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Avalanche. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

Hurricanes vs Penguins

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The Carolina Hurricanes Are Coming Off A Win

Carolina enters this game with a record of 45-20-7 and is in 2nd place in the Metropolitan division and 3rd in the Eastern Conference. On the road, the Hurricanes are 21-11-3 this season. Over their last ten games, Carolina has gone 8-2 and 4-1 over their last five games.

So far this season, Carolina has been favored in 65 of their 72 games, and they have gone 42-16-7 in those games. Against other Eastern Conference teams, the Hurricanes have gone 30-12 this season.

On the road this season, the Hurricanes have gone 15-20 vs. the puck line and 6-4 in their last ten road games. Overall, Carolina’s puck line record for the season is 30-42, including a mark of 26-39 when favored. In their 65 games as the favorite, the Hurricanes have an average scoring margin of +.8 goals per game.

So far, Carolina has 28 wins by multiple goals, and their average scoring margin on the road is +.7 goals per game. In their last three games, the Hurricanes have gone 0-3 vs. the puck line, and their puck line losing streak is at three games. Coming into this game, Carolina has 17 wins by just one goal.

In their most recent game, the Hurricanes hosted the Maple Leafs and secured a 2-1 victory. In the first period, the Hurricanes found success on offense with two times, but that was the end of their scoring for the game. Of Carolina’s two goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 43 shots on goal and 14 giveaways.

Carolina couldn’t cover the puck line despite the straight-up win, as they entered the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 3 goals.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

With a record of 30-31-10, the Penguins are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. They are currently riding a three-game losing streak and have gone just 2-8 in their last ten games. At home this season, Pittsburgh has an 18-13-4 record.

As the underdog, the Penguins have gone 9-16-4 in 28 games this year. Against Eastern Conference opponents, they are 16-23 on the season.

On the season, the Penguins have gone 32-38 against the puck line, including a mark of 16-19 at home. So far, Pittsburgh has 21 wins by multiple goals and their average scoring margin at home is +.1 goals per game.

Over their last ten games at home, the Penguins have a puck line record of just 4-6. In their last ten games overall, the team has gone just 3-7 against the puck line.

Following a 5-4 loss on the road to the Avalanche, the Penguins are eager to bounce back. Offensively, the Penguins registered two goals during the first period and two times in the second period. All four goals came at even strength. They finished with 34 shots on goal and had 0 turnovers.

Despite the loss, Pittsburgh did cover the puck line, as they went into the game as the underdog. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.

Carolina Offense Breakdown

The Hurricanes come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 7th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. This season, the Hurricanes have a 32-17 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 11-1 record.

The Hurricanes’ over/under record this season is 30-41-1. For the season, they have had 35 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.

Penguins Offense Breakdown

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On offense, the Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 6th in the league. The Penguins went 19-19 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 10-11.

The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 29-36-5. Over the course of the season, they have had 31 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.

Carolina Team Defense

Defensively, the Hurricanes come into the season ranked 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 25.8 shots per game against Carolina. For the season, they are ranked 7th in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Pittsburgh Team Defense

Defensively, the Penguins are currently 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, coming in with 7 shutouts.

Hurricanes vs Penguins Trends

  • Across their last five road contests, Carolina has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 4-1, while averaging 5 goals per game.
  • In their last ten games at home, the Penguins have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 4-6 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
  • Going back to their last five games as the underdog, the Penguins have a straight up record of 0-5. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 1-4.
  • Although the Hurricanes have a strong straight up record in their last five games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the puck line going 2-3.

Hurricanes vs Penguins Prediction

For those seeking a straight moneyline bet, the Hurricanes are the top choice. Nonetheless, with a payout of -188, you might want to use this bet as a part of a parlay to get better odds.

My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Penguins to cover. Even if the Hurricanes win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Penguins should cover the puck line.

With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.

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