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#59 Carolina Hurricanes 6 vs.
#60 Nashville Predators -125
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 8:05pm EST
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
Written by Valdis Pans

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A three-game winning streak takes the Nashville Predators (4th in Central Division) to a domestic contest against the Carolina Hurricanes (6th in Metropolitan), who have dropped two of their last three decisions…

‘Canes Lose Two Of Three

The Carolina Hurricanes (33-21-4) are entering their clash versus Nashville on the back of a 4-3 overtime defeat against the Edmonton Oilers at PNC Arena on Sunday. With that, the ‘Canes lost for the second time in their previous three fixtures (1-1-1), but have still gone 3-1-1 in their last five outings and 6-3-1 in their past 10 following a three-game losing run prior (0-2-1). The team is 6th in the Metropolitan Division with 70 points from 58 contests, just one point outside the playoff contention in the Eastern Conference, but with a game in hand. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 33 goals and 56 points.

Goalie Petr Mrazek has made 36 appearances (35 starts) so far this year, taking his current performance tally to 19-15-2 for the season with a 2.72 GAA and a .903 save percentage. He has registered an 8-1-0 career total against the Predators with a 2.33 GAA and a .927 save percentage. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are scoring the 13th highest quantity of goals per game (3.17), while allowing the 8th lowest amount on the defensive end (2.81). They are 11th in power play (21.3%) and 9th in penalty kill (82.4%).

Preds Win Three In Row

The Nashville Predators (29-22-7) ended the weekend on a high, sweeping a back-to-back, home-and-home set against the St. Louis Blues in a matter of 27 hours. A 4-3 road win on Saturday and a 2-1 domestic triumph the following evening have extended Preds’ winning run to three contests after the team dropped two decisions in a row prior (0-2-0), marking the first time the team has won more than two games in a row since the end of October. Nashville is 4th in the Central Division with 65 points from 58 fixtures, three points outside the playoff bubble in the Western Conference, but with four games in hand. Roman Josi leads the side with 57 points (14 goals, 43 assists).

After 33 starts and an extra appearance in relief this season, goalie Pekka Rinne has recorded an 18-13-3 total for the ongoing campaign with a 3.04 GAA and a .898 save percentage. He has gone 7-3-1 against the Carolina Hurricanes historically with a 2.25 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The Predators, meanwhile, are netting the 9th highest number of goals per game (3.22), while giving up the 7th highest quantity on the defensive end (3.17). They are 23rd in power play (16.8%) and bottom of the league in penalty kill (74.3%).

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A back-to-back, home-and-home series sweep against the St. Louis Blues over the weekend has helped the Predators to reach three consecutive victories for the first time since the end of October, when the team banked four triumphs in a row. The Preds have also already beaten the Hurricanes in Carolina in November (3-0) and have been excellent versus teams from the Metropolitan Division lately (7-2 in the last 9). Still, do consider the ‘Canes for an away win here! Carolina is traveling to Nashville with the players’ mothers on board, having also played some cracking hockey lately, winning 16 of its past 21 fixtures against the Central Division. The Hurricanes are 6-1 in their previous seven overall outings versus the Predators and are an excellent pick, priced at +105!

Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes (+105)

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When playing in Nashville, both sides have not exchanged a tremendously generous amount of goals, with four of the last five fixtures ending below the six-goal mark, averaging just 4.25 markers per contest. So, stick with another low-scoring outing when betting on the total here! Seven of the previous 10 games of the Hurricanes as an underdog have already brought in just a minimal number of strikes, while six of the past eight overall fixtures of the Predators have all been void of a lot of scoring, with an average of four snipes netted per matchup.

Prediction: Under 6
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...