Ottawa Senators at Carolina Hurricanes Free Pick 1/18/19

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The Ottawa Senators, spearheaded by Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, are prepared to take the ice against Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, and the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in an Eastern Conference tilt. The game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 18 and it’ll be showcased live on The Sports Network.

Ottawa Senators vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds

Ottawa (+190) is playing the role of underdog to Carolina (-230) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals (-110 over, -110 under).

Losing 10.3 units for moneyline bettors, Carolina is 22-24 straight up (SU) overall in the 2018-19 season. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to what the team posted during the 2017-18 season (36-46). 27 of its 46 outings have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 13-11 SU at home this season.

The Hurricanes have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.1 percent of all penalties.

Sporting a .901 save percentage and 24.0 saves per game, Petr Mrazek (9-11-2) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina this season. If Carolina chooses to give him the night off, however, the team may roll with Curtis McElhinney (11-7-7 record, .914 save percentage, 2.50 goals against average).

On the visitors’ side of the rink, Ottawa is 18-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.0 unit for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 47 regular season contests, 29 of its games have gone over the total, while 14 have gone under the total and just four have pushed. The Senators are 6-16 SU as the away team this season.

The Senators have converted on 20.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully defended 74.8 percent of all penalties.

Craig Anderson (32.0 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Ottawa. Anderson has 14 wins, 17 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .905 save percentage and 3.58 goals against average this year.

Ottawa Senators vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Picks

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their last five matches.
  • Ottawa has managed 27.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Carolina has been attempting 33.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • The Canes this season have recorded the sixth-most hits per game in the NHL (26.5).