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Posted at 4:00 PM EST.
8:05 PM EST. OT included. We’re as nervous as the next guy when betting the Hurricanes but it’s not because they’re a bad team. We covered all of that last week when we played them to beat Philadelphia and you can read all about it here. The Carolina Hurricanes are an outstanding collection of talent with weak goaltending and that’s the risk here. If they had adequate goaltending they would be one of the top-10 teams in the NHL and if they had great goaltending, they would be one of the Cup favorites. Boston and Nashville rank 1st and 2nd respectively in Corsi For % during Score and Venue Adjusted 5-on-5 play. Carolina is third. In Corsi Against Per 60, Carolina ranks top-5 too. This team dominates puck possession and if one of their stiff goalies can only post a .900 save percentage, they have a great chance to win.
Carolina held Winnipeg to amere 23 shots on net last game and lost 3-1. They have allowed 23, 26, 22, 22, 21, 22 and 22 shots on net in seven of their past nine games. No team in the NHL can come close to those Shots Allowed Per 60 over that same span. We understand the risk, as Cam Ward and Scott Darling are the only reason this team isn’t elite but when they’re being offered prices like this against a pedestrian team like the Wild, it’s a gamble we’ll take almost every time and make no exceptions here.
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Carolina +140 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.80)