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#5 Detroit Red Wings vs.
#6 Carolina Hurricanes
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:05pm EDT
PNC Arena, Raleigh
Written by Valdis Pans

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Having ended a two-game losing run with a hard-fought shootout win in Raleigh, the Detroit Red Wings (8th in Central Division) will pay another visit to the Carolina Hurricanes (1st in Central), who have won three of their last four outings.

Wings Snap Two-Game Skid

The Detroit Red Wings (14-23-6) broke a two-game losing skid (0-1-1), winning for the second time in their past seven outings (2-3-2) after banking a 5-4 shootout victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday. Adam Erne (10 goals, 16 points this year) was the star of the show after scoring during the eight-goal regulation thriller before banking the winning snipe in the seventh round of the skills competition. Dylan Larkin (8 goals, 21 points) also tallied in both the shootout and regulation, with Anthony Mantha (11 goals, 21 points) and Valtteri Filppula (4 goals, 8 points) netting in the first and second periods respectively.

Goalie Thomas Greiss stopped 30 shots on Saturday to take his current performance status to 4-15-6 for the season with a 3.17 GAA and a .897 save percentage. He has picked up a 9-6-3 past total versus Carolina with a 2.61 GAA and a .922 save percentage, while Jonathan Bernier (8-7-0 on the year with a 3.03 GAA and a .910 save percentage) has gone 8-7-0 against the Hurricanes historically with a 2.65 GAA and a .924 save percentage. The Red Wings are top of the league in least goals scored per game this season (2.21), 6th in most goals allowed on average (3.21), 2nd worst in power play (11.7%) and 27th in penalty kill (75.4%).

‘Canes End Winning Streak

A three-game winning run came to an end for the Carolina Hurricanes (27-9-4), who were edged out with a count of 5-4 following a shootout by the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena on Saturday. It was a back-and-forth contest, with both teams taking a lead on two separate occasions and both tying the game each time before the visitors triumphed in seven rounds of the skills competition with a count of 2-1. Martin Necas (11 goals, 32 points this year), Jordan Staal (13 goals, 29 points), Dougie Hamilton (6 goals, 33 points) and Sebastian Aho (17 goals, 38 points) all scored in regulation for Carolina, while Andrei Svechnikov (10 goals, 28 points) buried the team’s only marker of the tiebreaker.

Goalie Petr Mrazek made 24 saves on Saturday and has now gone 4-1-1 for the ongoing campaign with a 1.47 GAA and a .943 save percentage. He has registered a 4-2-1 past total versus Detroit with a 2.53 GAA and a .896 save percentage, while James Reimer (14-4-1 on the season with a 2.71 GAA and a .905 save percentage) is 5-5-2 against the Red Wings previously with a 2.26 GAA and a .922 save percentage. The Hurricanes are 9th in most goals scored per game in 2020-21 (3.20), 4th in least goals conceded on average (2.43), top of the league in power-play (29.2%) and 7th in penalty kill (83.5%).

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Now, that was unexpected! Having pocketed just one road win on their previous nine travels, the Red Wings arrived in North Carolina on Saturday and completely blew the locals out of the water, delivering a confident, eager performance on their way to a 5-4 shootout win. The Hurricanes battled but seemed quite off by their usual standards. So, do expect the ‘Canes to bounce back on Monday! And with a bang! They have already followed up a defeat with a victory on the very last three occasions and have beaten Detroit by more than one goal in 10 of their last 11 victories against the Wings, who, in turn, have lost by at least two markers in six of their last eight setbacks on the road.

Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (-145)

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Four of the last four contests between Carolina and Detroit have all cruised past the set goal-mark, recording an average of 6.75 snipes per fixture. So, do bank on their Monday’s outing to deliver on the offensive side once again! After conceding at least five strikes in their previous matchup, the Hurricanes have already gone over the total on five of the last seven occasions. Three of the most recent four overall games of the Red Wings, meanwhile, have all turned into high-scoring bouts, averaging no less than 7.33 tallies per encounter.

Prediction: Over 5.5

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