After playing the Washington Capitals on the road last night, the Carolina Hurricanes will host the St. Louis Blues at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes are big favorites against the Blues for this 1/6/24 showdown. This preview features the latest odds as well as an expert betting prediction.
Hurricanes Vs. Blues Prediction
- Carolina Hurricanes -1.5
The Hurricanes and Blues will face off for the first time this season, and both teams are in very different spots. While the Hurricanes have been tightening up their game and getting some major wins, the Blues have been the picture of inconsistency. St. Louis is 6-7 in their last 13 games, which included a 3-game winning streak and a 4-game losing streak.
On the season, the St. Louis Blues have been lacking offensive consistency, with the team 26th in the league with 2.86 goals per game while ranking 24th in expected goals. Robert Thomas has been carrying the team offensively, leading the Blues in goals (16) and points (41). in their past 4 games, the Blues have failed to score more than 2 goals.
Carolina, on the other hand, has gotten into a groove when it comes to lighting the lamp. Heading into Friday’s game against the Washington Capitals, the Hurricanes have been averaging 4.6 goals per game as the offense has seriously been clicking. Sebastian Aho leads the way with 41 points, and the team has also gotten 13 goals each from Seth Jarvis and Teuvo Teravainen.
The Canes have also been stellar at PNC Arena this season. The team is 10-3-3 at home, with a notable 6-3 win over the defending champion Vegas Golden Knights in December. And when the Canes win on home ice, they tend to win big. In 7 out of 10 home wins this season, Carolina has won by multiple goals.
Jordan Binnington is projected to start in goal for the Blues, and he’s been as inconsistent as the rest of the team. The veteran goaltender has only allowed 3 goals in his past 2 starts, but also allowed 5 goals in 4 different December starts. Binnington currently ranks 40th in the league with 1.5 goals saved above expected.
With the Canes playing at a high level, especially at home, expect Carolina to win big in this interconference matchup.
BetMGM Sportsbook currently lists the Carolina Hurricanes puck line at +120. This provides great value compared to other betting operators such as DraftKings, FanDuel, and Caesars. Make sure to take a look at different sportsbook odds before placing any wagers.
North Carolina Sports Betting Update
The launch of the NC sports betting industry is coming soon. It’s currently looking like the state could roll out its mobile betting industry around March Madness, which would be a major boost for sports betting operators in the state. Some of the top online sports betting apps should go live on day one, with each expected to have signup bonuses. North Carolina bettors will definitely want to take a look at Bet365 North Carolina which has a $365 welcome bonus. There’s also FanDuel North Carolina, which has a bet and get offer, allowing bettors to get bonus bets after their first wager, win or lose.
Keep an eye on the North Carolina sports betting pages from LINEUPS.com for more information on the upcoming launch.