Carolina Hurricanes (4-4-1-1; 5-5 ATS; 6-4 O/U) vs. Colorado Avalanche (6-5; 7-4 ATS; 6-4-1 O/U)
NHL: Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9:00pm EST
Line: Carolina -120/Colorado +100
The Colorado Avalanche will host the Carolina Hurricanes in an inter-conference clash Thursday night from the Pepsi Center. The Hurricanes were edged 4-3 in a shootout by the Ducks in their previous contest, and the Avalanche are coming off a solid 6-3 home win against the Blackhawks. Colorado won both meetings against Carolina last season.
Hurricanes Attempt to Snap Two Game Skid
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to get back in the win column after two straight narrow losses against two strong opponents. They enter this contest well-rested after a 4-3 shootout loss to the Ducks in their latest action last Sunday. Hurricanes point leader Jeff Skinner found the back of the net in the loss and went a minus three. The 25-year old left-winger has notched three points in his last three games and leads his team with nine points on the year. Skinner has tallied six points in eight career games against the Avalanche. Victor Rask has yet to get going this season, recording only four points on the season. The 24-year old center did tally 16 goals with 29 assists last season. Carolina has now dropped four out of their last five games and own a 3-2 road record on the season. They are averaging 2.7 goals per game, ranking them 24th in the NHL.
The Hurricanes are expected to go with Scott Darling between the pipes in this one. Darling is having a subpar season in his first year as a starter, posting a 2.70 GAA and a .897 save percentage in eight games. Carolina is now allowing an average of 2.9 goals per game, placing them 12th overall.
Avalanche Explode for Six Goals in Win Over Blackhawks
The Colorado Avalanche enter this contest riding a wave of momentum after notching a 6-3 win against the Blackhawks in their latest action. Mikko Rantanen was outstanding in the win, netting two goals along with one assist in just under 18 minutes of ice time. The 21-year old right-winger could be in for a breakout season after posting 38 points last year. He currently leads the Avalanche with 10 points in 11 games. Avalanche captain Nathan MacKinnon snapped a three-game point drought by potting two goals with one helper in the 6-3 win. The 22-year old center has now collected three goals with five assists on the year. MacKinnon has recorded six points in eight career games against the Hurricanes. Colorado is off to a solid start to the year after an abysmal 2016-2017 season. They are a solid 4-1 on home ice and are currently scoring an average of 3.1 goals per game, ranking them 15th in the NHL.
The Avalanche will likely turn to Semyon Varlamov in net in this one. Varlamov owns a subpar 3.01 GAA along with a 4-3 record in seven games played. The Avalanche are now allowing an average of 3.1 goals per game, placing them 19th overall.
The Calgary Flames are:
- over is 7-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record.
- over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600.
- over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
The Colorado Avalanche are:
- over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.
- over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games.
- over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games when playing on three or more days of rest.
I am taking the over in this contest. The Avalanche have been involved in some high-scoring battles as of late. They have conceded three or more goals in six consecutive games, and have been scoring at a decent clip as well. In addition, the Hurricanes have been shaky defensively, giving up a total of 18 goals over their last five games, and have not received consistent goaltending this season. The over has been a very common trend between these two clubs, and I am confident it cashes in again.