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#55 Carolina Hurricanes -125 vs.
#56 Chicago Blackhawks 6
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 8:35pm EST
United Center, Chicago
Written by Joshua Broom

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East vs. West NHL action gets underway Tuesday night as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Carolina Hurricanes. Each team enters today's action hot, having put together respectable winning streaks. Carolina is unbeaten in its last three. Meanwhile, Chicago's won four straight.

During that unbeaten run, the Blackhawks have secured fifth place in the Central Division with 23 points. Chicago last took the ice Sunday, downing Buffalo 4-1. Consistent offense has become a staple of the Blackhawks' recent play as Patrick Kane continues dominating opposing defenses.

The Hurricanes are eking clutch wins while keeping alive their successful run. Both Minnesota and Buffalo dropped overtime contests vs. Carolina last week. Andrei Svechnikov, much like Kane, is carrying his team through the November rush. His lead places Carolina third among Metropolitan teams.

The Hurricanes own a 4-0 late-October road shutout vs. Chicago. Carolina opens as -100 favorites.

Hurricanes pull out winning stops

Carolina pulled another road win from scrappy competition, defeating Minnesota 4-3 Saturday. Four Hurricanes, led by Svechinikov's OT winner, scored assisted goals vs. the home-standing Wild. Warren Foegele, Brock McGinn and Joel Edmundson aided Svechinikov's heroics and set the stage for tonight's prime action. The Hurricanes' co-leader Dougie Hamilton added a game-winning assist Sat. night. Backstop James Reimer ran his record to 3-4, while stopping 32 of Minnesota's 35 shots.

One season after making a Conference Finals bid, the Hurricanes' 70 goals for rank #seven NHL. The team's 59 goals against rank sixth. Much of Carolina's success is related to its 23.8 percent power-play conversion. The Hurricanes are efficient when gaining the man advantage. Carolina's #11 ranked penalty kill helps sway tight games in their favor. Having an excellent 2019, (9-3-1, 2.62 gaa, .904 save percentage) Panther backstop Petr Mrazek is listed as probable. Mrazek stopped 32 shots during Carolina’s recent 4-0 shutout of the Blackhawks.

Chicago finding its way after rough start

Focused, Chicago used explosive offense and timely defense to overmatch its last four. The Blackhawks torched their two most recent opponents -Nashville and Buffalo- 11-3. Patrick Kane lit the lamp Sunday and ran his goals-scored streak to six games. Kane and Jonathan Toews' one-goal performances bolstered 18-year-old Kirby Dach's two scoring strikes. Dach, a center with fleet agility, is finding professional footing after being selected third overall in the 2019 rookie draft.

Behind those offensive highlights, the Blackhawks have reclaimed a torrid scoring pace set last season. Though the team's much-improved defense (59 goals against, #6 NHL) has Chicago among their division mix. The 2019 Hawks average 3.05 goals, convert 14.5 percent power plays and kill 80 percent of their opponents' penalty advantages. While those offense and penalty play numbers aren't impressive, they have greatly improved in November.

At 4-4-1, netminder Corey Crawford (3.01 gaa, .914 save percentage) is listed as tonight's probable. Crawford's won three of his last four starts.

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Andrei Svechnikov’s two goals sparked Carolina’s latest win vs. Chicago. Though the arenas have changed, and both teams are rested and on win streaks, the results will be the same Tuesday: another Panthers victory. Mrazek has played superbly of late and will prove vital in another Hurricane’ win. Conversely, after allowing four goals in his previous outing vs. Carolina, Crawford’s strong recent play will be tested by Svechinikov and company.

Prediction: Hurricanes

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As stated, each team is well-rested and will come in at maximum offensive efficiency. After scoring 11 goals in their last two wins, Chicago will test Carolina’s blue line. Meanwhile, Carolina’s recent tight-rope walking offensive outburst will continue. The Hurricanes will win again, but this time the total set at 6 will go over. The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games on the road.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Joshua Broom

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Joshua Broom has lent his thirty-plus years of insight to several sports outlets and has appeared on national radio to talk hoops. Now a dedicated handicapper, Joshua avidly critiques NBA, MLB and college and professional basketball and football trends for the betting public. Check out his picks today at Stat Salt to get a leg up on your bookie.