PNC Arena will play host to an intriguing matchup as the Nashville Predators travel to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. This East-West matchup will get going at 0:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 13 and it is being shown live on Fox Sports Tennesse.
Nashville Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Moneyline odds have not yet been posted for this matchup.
Though the team is 27-19 straight up (SU) this season, Nashville has actually lost 2.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 46 regular season contests, 23 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. This 2018-19 Predators team is 12-12 SU on the road.
Nashville has converted on just 15.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.3 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, Nashville has been called for penalties just 3.5 times per game this season, and 2.4 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties just 4.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 24.7 saves per game with a .919 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (18-15-4) has been the top option in goal for Nashville this year. If head coach Peter Laviolette chooses to rest him, however, the team might roll with Juuse Saros (10-7-1), who has a .907 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average this year.
The visiting Predators will be led by Ryan Johansen and Mattias Ekholm. Johansen has 39 points via eight goals and 31 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 11 different games. Ekholm has six goals and 28 assists to his credit, and has logged at least one point in 25 games.
Carolina is 21-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 27 of its games have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 12-11 SU at home.
Carolina has converted on just 16.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
The Hurricanes have been penalized 3.6 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 8.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Petr Mrazek has stopped 24.2 shots per game as the primary option in goal for Carolina. Mrazek has eight wins, 11 losses, and two OT losses to his name and has maintained a subpar .902 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average this season.
The home team will be led on offense by Sebastian Aho (18 goals, 29 assists).
Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Over
- Carolina is 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Nashville is 1-1 in shootouts.
- Two teams that take a heavy amount of shots on goal, Nashville has registered the league’s ninth-most shots on goal (32.7) and Carolina has attempted the second-most (35.9).
- Over Nashville’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
- The Hurricanes this season have recorded the fourth-most hits per game in the NHL (26.9).