Following a short break, the Carolina Hurricanes are getting ready to take on the Anaheim Ducks at home. Currently one of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division, the Hurricanes are favorites heading into this matchup on 1/11/24. Check out the latest odds and expert picks with this betting preview.
Hurricanes vs. Ducks Prediction
- Over 6.5 Goals
- Andrei Svechnikov Anytime Goal
The Carolina Hurricanes have found their groove. Before a shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues, Carolina was riding a 5-game winning streak, with 4 of the 5 wins coming by multiple goals. Since that loss to the Blues, the Canes have had 4 days to rest up, and there’s reason to believe they’ll come out rested and swinging.
The Carolina offense has been impressive this season, ranking 4th in the league with 54.66% expected goals percentage. Plus, special teams has been impressive, with the Canes currently second in the league and scoring on 28.68% of power plays. The team has also been solid in the power play kill, ranking 9th in the league at 82.81%.
One player to definitely keep an eye on for the Canes is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 7 goals in his last 6 games. After a shaky start to the season, Svechnikov has found his groove, and is lighting the lamp on a consistent basis. Svechnikov is on a dangerous first line with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, with the trio accounting for 38 goals this season. Veteran defenseman Brent Burns also had a strong showing against the Washington Capitals last week, recording 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist).
The Ducks might not be the scariest team on offense in the league, but they’ve been crisp on the road lately. In their last 3 games on the road, Anaheim has averaged 4.6 goals per game. Frank Vatrano has been having a career year, leading the team with 19 goals and 29 points. Trevor Zegras will miss this game with a lower body injury, but he hasn’t been lighting the lamp much lately. In 20 games this year, Zegras has only scored 4 goals to go with 3 assists.
The Ducks have also been lacking on defense this season, allowing an average of 3.33 goals per game. The recent loss of defenseman Jamie Drysdale in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers certainly won’t help the team keep pucks out of the net. The team is also allowing the 5th-most shots per game (32.7) this season.
While Carolina on the puck line is definitely tempting, the over seems like the play tonight. Anaheim has been dangerous on the road, albeit with subpar defense and goaltending. Meanwhile, the Canes have been cooking on offense, and the team is on a 5-2 streak to the over. Plus, this is an excellent opportunity to put a sprinkle on Svechnikov to record another goal.
BetMGM Sportsbook has over 6.5 goals at +100 heading into the game. Plus, Andrei Svechnikov is +150 to record a goal in the game. Don’t forget to shop around for the best odds before deciding on a bet.
North Carolina Sports Betting Update
The North Carolina sports betting industry is expected to launch in the next few months. The state is currently expected to go live with mobile sports betting around March Madness. This would be an exciting time to have sports wagering available, as it’s one of the top betting events on the calendar and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels are very popular in the area. Plus, there will be plenty of betting opportunities on the Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Hurricanes if it launches in that window. The biggest names in sports betting are planning to make their way to the state, such as BetMGM North Carolina and DraftKings North Carolina, with both offering major welcome bonuses. BetMGM North Carolina is expected to have its $1,500 first bet offer to new users. Meanwhile, DraftKings North Carolina should offer new users its maximum $1,250 bonus.
The North Carolina sports betting pages on LINEUPS.com have up-to-date information on the rollout of sports wagering in the area.