Squaring off for the second and final time this season, the Colorado Avalanche and the Carolina Hurricanes collide at PNC Arena for an East-West matchup. The action will get going at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 10, and you can watch the game live on Altitude 2.
Colorado Avalanche at Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Carolina enters the contest as the substantial favorite with a moneyline of -155. The line for Colorado sits at +135 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -105 money on the over and -115 on the under.
Colorado is 29-24 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 9.9 units this season. Through 53 regular season outings, 29 of its games have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2017-18 Avalanche team is 10-16 SU on the road.
Colorado has converted on 19.9 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the fifth-best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 83.2 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Avs have been penalized 4.1 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 3.0 per game over its last five outings. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Sporting a .918 save percentage and 28.3 saves per game, Jonathan Bernier (16-12-2) has been the best option in goal for Colorado this season. If Colorado decides to rest him, however, they might turn to Semyon Varlamov (14-14-2), who has a .910 save percentage and 2.89 goals against average this year.
Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen will both lead the way for the visiting Avalanche. MacKinnon has 61 points via 24 goals and 37 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 18 different games. Rantanen has 17 goals and 33 assists to his name (and has notched a point in 32 games).
Carolina is 25-30 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 55 regular season contests, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just two have pushed. It’s 13-14 SU at home this year.
The Hurricanes have converted on just 19.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is also ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.4 percent of all penalties.
Carolina players have been called for penalties only 2.8 times per game in total this season, 2.8 per game over their past five contests total, and 2.8 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Scott Darling (24.2 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Hurricanes. Darling has 10 wins, 21 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a subpar .894 save percentage and 2.99 goals against average this season.
Sebastian Aho (20 goals, 22 assists) and Teuvo Teravainen (13 goals, 29 assists) will lead the offensive attack for the Canes.
Colorado Avalanche at Carolina Hurricanes Betting Predictions
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under
- Carolina (3-3 in shootouts) has more shootout experience coming into this one. Colorado has only participated in two shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.
- The under has hit in each of Carolina’s last five games.
- The Hurricanes have averaged the leagues fifth-most shots on goal (34.0) while the Avalanche have attempted the 31st-most (just 34.0).