The Pittsburgh Penguins (20-16-5) travel to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes (23-13-5) on Saturday, January 13th. This game will be played at PNC Arena in Raleigh 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 Canucks. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Carolina Hurricanes
The Pittsburgh Penguins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
As the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference, the Penguins have gone 20-16-5 this season. In the Metropolitan Division, they are in 6th place with a record of 6-6. On the road, Pittsburgh has won three straight games and has a record of 10-7-3.
Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 6-4. As the underdog this season, Pittsburgh is 8-5-1.
On the road, Pittsburgh’s puck line record is 10-10, and their average scoring margin away from home is +.4 goals per game. So far, they have been the underdog in 14 games, and their puck line record as the underdog is 9-5.
Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line, and their puck line record for the season is 19-21. In their last three road games, Pittsburgh’s puck line record is 3-0, and they have 14 wins by multiple goals.
The Penguins are looking to bounce back from a 4-3 loss at home to the Canucks. The Penguins’ offense scored in each period against the Canucks. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 35 shots on goal and had 11 turnovers.
Pittsburgh was favored by -1.5 giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
The Carolina Hurricanes Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Hurricanes have been excellent, going 11-3-4. Overall, they are 23-13-5, which has them in 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division and 4th in the Eastern Conference. Over their last ten games, Carolina has gone 7-3.
When favored this season, the Hurricanes have gone 22-10-5, and they have been favored in 37 of their 41 games. Against the Eastern Conference, Carolina has gone 15-9.
Carolina comes into this game with a puck line record of 16-25 and an average scoring margin of +.4 goals per game. So far, the Hurricanes have 15 wins by multiple goals and 8 wins by just one goal.
At home, Carolina has a puck line record of 8-10 and an average scoring margin of +.7 goals per game. Their puck line record in their last 10 home games is just 4-6, and their puck line record in their last 5 games overall is 3-2.
In their most recent game, the Hurricanes hosted the Ducks and secured a 6-3 victory. Facing off against the Ducks’ defense, the Hurricanes offense scored in all three periods. Of Carolina’s six goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 34 shots on goal and had six giveaways.
Carolina also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 9 goals.
Pittsburgh Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Penguins come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 21st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 5th in the league. This year, the Penguins have recorded a 13-10 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 6-6 record.
The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 16-21-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 23 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.8 per game.
Carolina Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Hurricanes are averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 5th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 3rd in the league. The Hurricanes went 19-10 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 4-1.
This season, the over/under record for the Hurricanes’ is 21-19-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 22 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.5 goals per game.
Pittsburgh Team Defense
The Penguins defense is currently 16th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.6 shots per game against Pittsburgh. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 1st with 5 shutouts.
Carolina Team Defense
Defensively, the Hurricanes come into the season ranked 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 25.3 shots per game against Carolina. For the season, they are ranked 13th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Penguins vs Hurricanes Trends
- Pittsburgh has played well in their previous three road games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 5 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Carolina has an puck line record of 3-2 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Hurricanes have a straight up record of 1-4. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 3-2.
- Going back to their previous five games as the favorite, Pittsburgh has an puck line mark of 2-3 while going 2-3 straight up.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Penguins to secure a victory over the Hurricanes on the road. With the moneyline currently set at +125, I’m locking in my bet on the Penguins straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Penguins winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Penguins straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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