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NHL betting line favors Hurricanes over Predators

Nashville Predators

Carolina Hurricanes
18-18-6 January 05, 2014, 07:00 PM | PNC Arena 17-16-9

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Nashville duelling Carolina on Sunday at PNC Arena.

The Predators will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 18-18-6 this season, while the Hurricanes are 17-16-9. Nashville is 16-17-9 against the total, while Carolina is 18-19-5 versus the number.

View Nashville Predators vs Carolina Hurricanes Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Hurricanes as -116 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 9-rated Predators taking on the No. 23-rated Hurricanes in this contest.

Last time out for Nashville, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Panthers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Panthers at -120 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Carolina won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Islanders on January 4. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at +112 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Carolina's No. 23-ranked offense (2.45 goals per game) against a Predators defense that ranks No. 22 at 3.02 goals per game allowed. The Hurricanes powerplay has clicked at a 14.38% rate while the Predators have a 81.82% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Nashville home to San Jose, Tuesday, January 7th
Carolina at Buffalo, Tuesday, January 7th