Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes Game Preview

PNC Arena is playing host an Eastern Conference clash as the Carolina Hurricanes welcome the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Fox Sports Detroit will broadcast the game, and the action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 2.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds

With a -165 moneyline, Carolina heads into the game as the heavy favorite. The line for Detroit sits at +145, and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -130 under, +110 over.

Carolina is 23-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from the 36-46 record the team posted during the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 50 regular season matches, 25 of the teams games have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just two have pushed. The teams 11-11 SU at home this year.

The Hurricanes have converted on 19.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 26th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.5 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Hurricanes have been called for penalties just 2.8 times per game overall this season, and 3.6 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties for just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.

With a .892 save percentage and 23.9 saves per game, Scott Darling (9-20-6) has been the top option in goal for Carolina this year. If head coach Bill Peters decides to give him a breather, however, the team may go with Cam Ward (14-10-10 record, .907 save percentage, 2.78 goals against average).

The Canes will continue looking for leadership out of Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho. Teravainen (40 points) has tallied 13 goals and 27 assists and has recorded two or more points 10 times this year. Aho has 17 goals and 21 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 25 games.

On the other bench, Detroit is 20-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 49 regular season matches, 27 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and none have pushed. The Red Wings are 9-12 SU as the away team this season.

The Red Wings have converted on 18.8 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 19th overall and it’s successfully defended 79.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Detroit’s players have been called for penalties 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 3.1 per game over their past ten match ups. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jimmy Howard (2.82 goals against average and .911 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Detroit. Howard is averaging 26.2 saves per game and owns a 14-24-6 record.

For the visiting Red Wings, the offense will be coordinated by Dylan Larkin (eight goals, 30 assists) and Henrik Zetterberg (six goals, 26 assists).

Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Predictions

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

Betting Trends

  • Carolina is 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Detroit is 4-1 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone under in three of Carolina’s last five games.
  • Detroit has managed 29.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Carolina has been attempting 36.6 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Eight of Detroit’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 3-5 in those games.