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Carolina Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Penguins Preview

Pittsburgh Penguins

Carolina Hurricanes
27-11-1 December 27, 2013, 07:00 PM | PNC Arena 14-15-8

NHL wagering interest swings to the Carolina vs Pittsburgh battle on Friday at PNC Arena as the Hurricanes try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Hurricanes currently sport a record of 14-15-8. The Penguins are 27-11-1. Betting totals have seen the Hurricanes post a 14-18-5 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Penguins have gone 15-20-4 against the number.

View Pittsburgh Penguins vs Carolina Hurricanes Odds and Stats.

The Hurricanes - Penguins odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Carolina is rated No. 24 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 1.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 5-0 result against the Senators on December 23. Bettors who backed the Senators at +110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Hurricanes were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at +115 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Carolina's No. 25-ranked offense (2.32 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.26 goals per game allowed. The Hurricanes powerplay has clicked at a 13.43% rate while the Penguins have a 87.29% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Penguins at Hurricanes trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing on the road against Carolina
Carolina is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games at home
Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Columbus, Sunday, December 29th
Carolina at Toronto, Sunday, December 29th