Hurricanes face Pittsburgh Penguins: NHL odds preview and stats
Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins battle the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday in NHL betting action at Consol Energy Centre.
The Penguins sport records of 35-12 heading into this matchup, while the Hurricanes sit at 19-24-4 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 22-24-1 for the Penguins and 23-22-2 for the Hurricanes.
Bettors looking to side with the Penguins in this one found them earlier as -191 favorites on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.
The Penguins - Hurricanes odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 2 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Carolina is at No. 26.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense (3.3 goals per game) against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.2 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 24% rate while the Hurricanes have a 78.5% rate on the penalty kill.
The Hurricanes were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -155 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.
Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Devils on April 25. Bettors who backed the Devils at +110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Carolina Hurricanes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing NY Rangers are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8
Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing New Jersey are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4
A few Hurricanes at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Carolina's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Carolina's last 11 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Carolina's last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home
Pittsburgh is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Carolina