Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#57 Detroit Red Wings vs.
#58 Carolina Hurricanes
Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:05pm EDT
PNC Arena, Raleigh
Written by Valdis Pans

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A three-game winning streak and seven victories in their last nine contests take the Carolina Hurricanes (1st in Central Division) to a domestic matchup against the Detroit Red Wings (8th in Central), who have lost five of their past six outings.

Wings Drop Nashville Double

The Detroit Red Wings (13-23-6) managed to collect just a single point from their two-game home set against the Nashville Predators after following up Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout loss with a 7-1 fiasco at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday. The Wings killed their only penalty, but were outshot 32-26, won just 28% of all the face-offs, went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage and scored just once throughout the whole game. Darren Helm (3 goals, 7 points this year) opened the scoring at 1:48 of the second period before the Preds tallied three times ahead of the second intermission, adding four more markers in the final third. Detroit is 1-3-2 in its last six overall matchups.

Goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 25 shots on his return from a lower-body injury on Thursday. He has posted an 8-7-0 total for the ongoing campaign with a 3.03 GAA and a .910 save percentage, and has gone 8-7-0 against the Carolina Hurricanes in previous encounters with a 2.65 GAA and a .924 save percentage. The Red Wings, meanwhile, are scoring the absolute lowest quantity of goals per game this season (2.17), while conceding the 7th highest amount on the defensive end (3.19). The team is 2nd from the bottom in power play (11.9%) and 27th in penalty kill (75.0%).

‘Canes Win Three In Row

The current winning streak of the Carolina Hurricanes (27-9-3) extended to three outings after the team banked its second shutout in three games, beating the Florida Panthers with a count of 3-0 at PNC Arena on Thursday. Playing just two days after snatching a 5-2 win against the Cats in the same building, the ‘Canes were outshot by two attempts (24-22), but killed all four of their penalties and went 1-for-4 on power play, scoring a goal in each period. Sebastian Aho (16 snipes, 37 points this year) tallied with the man-advantage in the opening frame. Vincent Trocheck (16 markers, 33 points) made it 2-0 in the second, while Martin Necas (10 goals, 30 points) buried an empty netter with 52 seconds left on the clock.

Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic (9-4-2 for the season with a 1.98 GAA and a .928 save percentage) made 24 saves on Thursday for his third career shutout, with all of them collected in his last 12 starts. He has registered a 2-0-0 past total versus Detroit with a 1.51 GAA and a .951 save percentage, while Petr Mrazek (4-1-0 this year with a 0.99 GAA and a .962 save percentage) has gone 4-2-0 against the Red Wings historically with a 2.34 GAA and a .903 save percentage. The Hurricanes are 10th in most goals scored per game in 2020-21 (3.18), 3rd in least goals conceded on average (2.38), top of the league in power play (29.7%) and 7th in penalty kill (83.2%).

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Even though the Red Wings have collected eight victories on their last 11 trips to North Carolina, the Hurricanes have gone 14-2-3 on their own ice so far this season and will pose a gigantic threat to Detroit, which has been atrocious on the road lately, losing eight of its past nine travels. Six of those eight road losses of the Wings have all been by more than one strike, as have 10 of their most recent 11 defeats to Carolina, which has won both of its last two home fixtures by a margin of three markers. So, picking the Hurricanes on the puck line here is definitely the best of choices!

Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (-140)

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Three of the past four head-to-head outings between Carolina and Detroit have all cruised past the five-goal barrier, averaging no less than 6.33 snipes per fixture. So, another fairly high-scoring game is definitely on the cards here! Even though neither team has been involved in many goal fests lately, half of the previous eight contests of the Hurricanes have still witnessed plenty of snipes, posting an average of seven tallies per encounter, while eight of the most recent 11 outings of the Red Wings following a home defeat by a margin of at least three strikes have all gone over the total.

Prediction: Over 5.5
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