Pittsburgh Penguins Travel to Face the Carolina Hurricanes
The Pittsburgh Penguins will travel to the PNC Arena to take on the Carolina Hurricanes in a divisional matchup. This will be the second of three games between them this season, with the Hurricanes picking up a 4-3 road win in late February.
The Penguins are second in the Metropolitan Division (33-14-8, 74 points), while the Hurricanes are leading the division (37-11-4, 78 points).
With stars like left winger Jake Guentzel and center Sebastian Aho on the ice, this should be a very intriguing matchup with a lot at stake.
The Battle for the Top Spot in the Division Is Definitely Up for Grabs
Left winger Jake Guentzel is tied for 16th in the NHL for goals as he has produced 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists) this season and scored just two points in the last five games.
He is a big reason why they are scoring 3.20 goals on 34.8 shot attempts. Pittsburgh needs to improve a little bit as they are 12th in the NHL with a 22 power play percentage.
The Penguins are doing well defensively as a team as they are giving up 2.60 goals on 30.3 shot attempts. Goaltender Tristan Jarry has been playing well this season as he is 26-11-6 with 2.33 goals allowed and a 92.1 save percentage. They have dominated as they are third in the sport with an 85.8 penalty kill percentage.
The Hurricanes are scoring well as they are averaging 3.48 goals on 33.3 shot attempts this season. They have dominated with the man advantage as they are fifth in the NHL with a 25.2 power play percentage. Center Sebastian Aho has been leading the charge as he has put up 55 points (23 goals, 32 assists) and has scored a point in his last six games.
The Hurricanes are playing extremely well on the defensive side of things as they are giving up 2.35 goals on 28.8 shot attempts. Goalie Frederik Andersen is dominating in the net this year as he is 29-7-2 with a 93 save percentage and allowing just 2.03 goals per game. Carolina is leading the entire league with a 90.2 penalty kill percentage thus far.
Betting Predictions for the Matchup between the Two Best Teams in the NHL
The Carolina Hurricanes are one of the hottest teams in the sport right now and should take care of work here. The major difference as of late is Pittsburgh giving up 3.2 goals in his previous five games while Carolina is allowing 1.8 goals in the last four games. The Hurricanes are 27-25 ATS this season, while the Penguins are currently 25-30 ATS so far.
It looks like we are in for an exciting bout. All in all, go with the Carolina Hurricanes to cover the puck line.
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