Tuesday evening pucks and the Metro Division will square off with the Atlantic Division as the Carolina Hurricanes rumble with the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The Hurricanes check in off a 3-2 road loss to the Devils, while the Senators are off a 5-2 home win over the Jets.
Hurricanes Stumble In New Jersey
The Carolina Hurricanes have been playing well of late, but they do come in off a tough 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on the road. The Hurricanes had won three in a row and five of six prior to their loss to the Islanders. The Hurricanes had scored 13 goals in their previous three games, but the Devils held them in check, which has not been the norm for NJ of late. Scoring in the loss was Dougie Hamilton, which was his 10th of the year and Teuvo Teravainen, which was his 15th. The Hurricanes are still very much alive for a playoff spot this year as they enter this game in 9th place in the Eastern Conference and just one point behind the Penguins for the 8th spot.
"I feel like we can be even better," -Aho on the chemistry between he, El Nino and The Captain.
— FOX Sports Carolinas (@CanesOnFSCR) February 10, 2019
Absorbing the loss to the Devils was Petr Mrazek, who allowed three goals on 21 shot attempts to fall to 12-15 with a 2.73 GAA. Curtis McElhinney is slated to get the start in this one and he has gone 13-7 with a 2.15 GAA on the year, including 6-4 with a 2.88 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 2-4 with a 2.81 GAA against the Senators. Carolina has gone 14-15 out on the road for the year and they have averaged 2.79 gpg and have allowed 3.00 gpg in those games. The Hurricanes check in ranked 26th in power play conversions at 16.1% and 15th in penalty kill at 80.1%.
Senators Stun The Jets At Home
The Ottawa Senators come in with the fewest points in the league, but they have won their last two games and have outscored their foes 9-2 in those games. They started with a 4-0 home win over the hapless Ducks and then followed that up with a rather stunning 5-2 home win over the Winnipeg Jets. Don’t get too excited Senator fans as your team is still the worst in the league and they are currently 16 points out of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The Sens had a 2-0 lead on the Jets in the first and they never looked back. Leading their attack in the win was Mark Stone, who scored twice and now has 25 on the year. Also scoring in the win was Ryan Dzingel (21st), Matt Duchene (25th), and Zack Smith (6th).
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) February 11, 2019
Grabbing the win against the Jets was Anders Nilsson, who stopped 44 of the 46 shots that he faced to improve to 9-13 with a 2.70 GAA on the year overall, including 3-6 with a 2.72 GAA in his home games. In his career, he has gone 2-4 with a 2.85 GAA against the Hurricanes. Craig Anderson is out for this game. Ottawa has gone 14-15 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.34 gpg and have allowed 3.03 gpg in those games. The Senators check in ranked 12th in power play conversions at 21.2% and 25th in penalty kill at 77.6%.
- 3-13 in their last 16 vs. the Eastern Conference
- 1-7 in their last 8 vs. the Metropolitan
- 7-2 in their last 9 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 9-4 in their last 13 vs. the Eastern Conference
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Ottawa Senators have won their last two games in a row, but I don’t see them making it three in a row. The Hurricanes have been playing well of late and they are clearly the better team. Carolina comes in having won six of their last nine games and they have gone 4-1 in their last five road games. The Sens still have the fewest points in the league and they have gone just 3-7 in their last 10 home games. Take the Canes in this one.
Prediction: Carolina -145
Full-Game Total Pick
I will look for this one to go Under the Total. The Sens have had their issues in the crease this year, but that has changed of late as they have allowed just 2.70 gpg over their last 10 games. The Canes have allowed the same 2.70 gpg over their last 10 and I just don’t see an inconsistent Ottawa offense doing much damage in this one. The Under is 14-6 in Carolina’s last 20 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 in Ottawa’s last five games following a win.
Prediction: Under 6