Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Pick 12/20/18

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Dylan Larkin, Gustav Nyquist, and the Detroit Red Wings will do battle against Teuvo Teravainen, Sebastian Aho, and the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in an Eastern Conference tilt. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 20, and you can view the game live on Fox Sports Detroit.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds

Moneyline and Over/Under (O/U) odds have not yet been posted for this matchup.

Losing 10.2 units for moneyline gamblers, Carolina is 14-18 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with the 36-46 record the team posted during last year’s regular season campaign. Out of its 32 regular season outings, 21 of them have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 8-9 SU at home this year.

The Hurricanes have converted on just 17.0 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 23rd overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 27.0 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Curtis McElhinney (7-4-1) has been the best option in goal for the Canes this season. If Carolina decides to give him the night off, however, head coach Rod Brind Amour might go with Petr Mrazek (5-8-8 record, .899 save percentage, 2.56 goals against average).

Detroit has lost 1.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far and is currently 14-21 straight up (SU). A total of 17 of its games have gone over the total, while 16 have gone under the total and just two have pushed. The Red Wings are 6-10 SU as a road team this season.

The Red Wings have converted on 18.7 percent of their power play chances this year, 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 78.3 percent of all opponent power plays.

Jimmy Howard (.922 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Detroit. Howard is averaging 29.9 saves per game and owns a 10-13-4 record.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Two of the Red Wings’ last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 2-4 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The total has gone under in three of Carolina’s last five games.
  • The Hurricanes have averaged the league’s second-most shots on goal (37.4) while the Red Wings have attempted just the 29th-most (37.4).
  • Seven of Carolina’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 2-5 overall in those games.
  • The Hurricanes this season have recorded the third-most hits per game in the NHL (27.5), but the club has averaged 34.2 over their past five games as the home team.