Rogers Arena is the site for a cross-continent showdown as the Carolina Hurricanes come into town to face the Vancouver Canucks. Sportsnet Pacific will showcase the matchup, and the opening face-off is at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 5.
Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks Odds
Carolina (-115) is currently favored over Vancouver (-105), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -130 for the under and +110 for the over.
Vancouver is 13-14 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. That early-season winning percentage is a huge turnaround from what the team did during last years regular season (30-52). Through 27 regular season outings, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 4-8 SU at home this season.
The Canucks have converted on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.8 percent of all penalties.
The Canucks, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five contests home outings. The teams had to kill penalties for just 6.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
Averaging 26.5 saves per game with a .913 save percentage, Jacob Markstrom (7-12-3) has been the top goalkeeper for Vancouver this year. If Vancouver chooses to give him a breather, however, the team could turn to Anders Nilsson (6-3-3 record, .922 save percentage, 2.68 goals against average).
The Nucks will continue relying on offensive production via Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat. Boeser (25 points) has put up 13 goals and 12 assists and has recorded multiple points on six separate occasions this year. Horvat has 10 goals and nine assists to his name and has notched a point in 13 games.
On the other side of the ice, Carolina is 11-14 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 13 of its contests have gone over the total, while 10 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the road team, the Hurricanes are 5-7 SU so far.
The Hurricanes have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 20th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.8 percent of all penalties.
Carolina’s skaters have been penalized only 2.8 times per game in total this season, and 3.5 per game over their last ten contests. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Scott Darling (24.6 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina. Darling owns a 7-12-5 record, while registering a .903 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Hurricanes, the offense will be facilitated by Teuvo Teravainen (eight goals, 14 assists) and Sebastian Aho (five goals, 14 assists).
Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Over
- The Hurricanes are 4-2 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Canucks are 7-5 SU when they serve more minutes than the opposition.
- Two of Carolina’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-3 overall in shootouts this season.
- The over has hit in three of Vancouver’s last five games.
- Vancouver is ranked 11th this season with 8.8 giveaways per game. That figure has regressed lately, as it’s averaged 10.1 giveaways over its last 10 games and 11.6 giveaways over its last five.
- Carolina is ranked 19th this season with 10.0 giveaways per game. That figure has trended upward lately, as it’s averaged 13.0 giveaways over its last 10 games and 14.4 giveaways over its last five.