The Carolina Hurricanes are counting on their time off providing a lift as they return to action Friday night to begin a five-game homestand.
The Hurricanes (24-22-7) were off this week, so a layoff since Saturday’s loss in Dallas has been time to recoup and gear up for what must be a strong final two months if they’re going to break through and make the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The opponent at PNC Arena will be the Colorado Avalanche, a team that has been a dumpster fire. The Avalanche have lost 14 of their past 16 games and have scored one goal or none in seven of those outings. If history is to be believed, things are not likely to change for the Avalanche when they visit the Hurricanes as Colorado has lost its past six games at PNC Arena.
Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said he tried to mix up the team’s routine at times in order to break out of the slump. Much of what’s being emphasized is of a learning nature, but that doesn’t mean the outcome of games hasn’t taken a toll.
“We can’t worry about the last few games now,” Bednar said.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the Hurricanes’ last 8 games at home.
The Avalanche are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games on the road against teams with losing records.
The Hurricanes are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games at home against teams with losing records.
The Avs enter Friday on a five-game losing streak that has seen them outscored 18-6 while losing by two or more goals on four occasions. Colorado ranks dead last in the NHL in scoring and it’s easy to see why, as Nathan MacKinnon has one goal in the past 16 games and it’s been a month today since Matt Duchene found the back of the net.
This will be the ’Canes first game in six days, as they are coming off their bye week. Carolina entered that break playing well at home, winners of two straight in Raleigh while outscoring opponents 7-2. But the Hurricanes’ top two point scorers (Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask) have combined for one goal and one assist since January 14.
Sportsbooks had the Carolina Hurricanes as -220 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before the line started to move.
Colorado lost its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Sabres on February 16. Bettors who backed the Sabres at -165 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Carolina was a 5-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Stars. They lost as +109 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors. Get the best betting lines for this match at HeritageSports.eu