Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Preview 2/28/20

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Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and the Colorado Avalanche will do battle against Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, and the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in an East-West tilt. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 28, and it’ll be broadcasted live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds

Carolina enters the game as the slight favorite with a -115 moneyline. The line for the Avalanche now stands at -105 and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-115 over, -105 under).

Colorado is 37-25 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.4 units this season. Through 62 regular season contests, 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just two have pushed. This 2019-20 Avalanche team is 20-11 SU on the road.

Colorado has converted on 19.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 79.3 percent of its penalties..

Averaging 27.1 saves per game with a .916 save percentage, Philipp Grubauer (19-17-4) has been the best option in goal for Colorado this season. If head coach Jared Bednar decides to rest him, however, the team might turn to Pavel Francouz (18-9-3), who has a .927 save percentage and 2.26 goals against average this year.

On the other side of the ice, Carolina is 35-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 62 regular season outings, 32 of its games have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and none have pushed. This season, the team is 19-13 SU at home.

The Hurricanes have converted on 21.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.7 percent of all opponent power plays.

Petr Mrazek (24.7 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in the crease for the Hurricanes. Mrazek has 21 wins, 18 losses, and two OT losses and has maintained a fairly-weak .904 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average this season.

Colorado Avalanche at Carolina Hurricanes Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The Hurricanes (5-0 in shootouts) has more experience this season in games decided by shootout. The Avalanche has only participated in two shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.
  • For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in three of their last five games.
  • Two teams that put the puck on goal a lot, Colorado has registered the league’s eighth-most shots on goal (32.7) and Carolina has attempted the fifth-most (33.2).
  • Colorado skaters recorded 21.9 hits per game last season, while the Hurricanes logged 26.7 hits per contest.