PNC Arena will be hosting an East-West clash as the Edmonton Oilers face off against the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s the final time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 20, and it’s being televised live on Sportsnet West.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Edmonton (+135) is playing the role of underdog to Carolina (-155), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-120 to bet the over, +100 for the under). After originally opening at -115 over and -105 under, those lines have shifted.
Losing -15.5 units for moneyline bettors, Carolina is 31-41 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with what the team produced during the 2016-17 season (36-46). Of its 72 games this season, 32 have gone under the total, while 32 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team’s 16-20 SU at home this year.
The Hurricanes have converted on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 26th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.5 percent of all penalties.
The Hurricanes, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties just 2.8 times per game overall this season, 3.0 per game over their past five contests total, and 2.8 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to defend opposition power plays for just 5.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
Sporting a .904 save percentage and 24.8 saves per game, Cam Ward (19 wins, 19 losses, and four OT losses) has been the best option in goal for the Canes this season. If head coach Bill Peters decides to give him the evening off, however, the team may turn to Scott Darling (12-26-26 record, .889 save percentage, 3.08 goals against average).
The Canes will continue seeking offensive production via Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho. Teravainen (58 points) has produced 21 goals and 37 assists and has recorded multiple points 13 times this year. Aho has 25 goals and 32 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 38 games.
On the other side of the rink, Edmonton is 31-41 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 72 regular season matches, 35 of its games have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just four have pushed. As a road team, the Oilers are 15-21 SU.
The Oilers have converted on just 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 32nd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully killed off 75.3 percent of all penalties.
Edmonton’s skaters have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game this season, and 4.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Cam Talbot (27.7 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Edmonton. Talbot owns a 27-30-2 record, and has registered a .908 save percentage and 2.98 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Oilers, the offense will be facilitated by Connor McDavid, who has 55 assists and 34 goals this year.
Edmonton Oilers at Carolina Hurricanes Betting Picks
Free Pick: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under
- Carolina is 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Edmonton is 4-1 in shootouts.
- The total has gone over in four of Carolina’s last five games.
- This game features two teams that fire the puck toward the goal a lot. Edmonton has attempted the league’s eighth-most shots on goal (33.7) while Carolina has attempted the fourth-most (34.2).
- Over Carolina’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
- Edmonton skaters have dished out the league’s second-most hits per game (26.9), but that number’s down to just 19.6 hits over their last five away games.