Two Eastern Conference teams face off tonight as the Carolina Hurricanes host the Detroit Red Wings. The Hurricanes are coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Kings while the Red Wings just recorded an impressive overtime win over the Florida Panthers. Check out this betting preview for the best odds as well as expert picks for the matchup.
Red Wings vs. Hurricanes Prediction
- Detroit Red Wings Team Total Over 2.5
The Detroit Red Wings are playing at a higher gear with the All-Star Break approaching. The team just recorded an impressive overtime win over the Florida Panthers, with Dylan Larkin recording the winning goal in the game. Larkin leads the team with 18 goals, and the star center has now recorded 4 goals in his last 3 games. Meanwhile, Alex DeBrincat is second on the team with 17 goals while leading the Red Wings with 40 points.
With the OT win, the Red Wings are on a 3-0 run and 6-1 in their last 7 games. Throughout that streak, they’ve scored at least 3 goals in each win. Overall, the team is averaging 3.7 goals per game throughout their last 10 games.
Part of Detroit’s recent success is due to the play of goalie Alex Lyon. The veteran goaltender (who started two games for the Hurricanes in 2021-22) has put up a solid season so far, with a .923 save percentage and 2.54 GAA. Plus, he’s been putting the Red Wings in the win column, amassing a 10-4-1 record between the pipes.
The Hurricanes, on the other hand, would like for Pytor Kochetkov to return soon after going down with an injury against the Anaheim Ducks just over a week ago. Kochetov’s replacement Antti Raanta (.869 save percentage, 3.28 GAA) will need to step up in Kocehtov’s absence. Raanta recently recorded a .833 save percentage and allowed 4 goals in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Despite the team’s issues in goal, the Hurricanes have no shortage of talent, such as Sebastian Aho, who leads the team in goals (15) and points (48). This is tied for the team lead in goals with Seth Jarvis, who has 4 points in his last 3 games.
The Hurricanes have been especially dominant when it comes to special teams this year. The Canes are fourth in the league in power play percentage (27.21%) and seventh in the league in power play kill (83.69%).
It wouldn’t be a shock if the Red Wings light the lamp a few times tonight, especially considering the team’s offensive chemistry and Raanta’s struggles. While there could be value on the Detroit moneyline, it’s tough betting against the Canes at home. With the Red Wings scoring 3 or more goals in 6 of their last 7 games, the team total over 2.5 seems like a solid play.
The current odds for Detroit Red Wings over 2.5 goals is -120 on BetMGM Sportsbook. But odds vary from platform to platform, so make sure to shop around before placing a wager.
North Carolina Sports Betting Update
The North Carolina sports betting market will be available sooner rather than later! The currently projected launch date for North Carolina sports wagering is around March Madness. There will be plenty of betting opportunities during that time of year as the much-anticipated tournament tips off. Plus, the Carolina Hurricanes and Charolotte Hornets will both be playing throughout March. The North Carolina sports betting market will welcome some of the top sports betting operators to the state, such as BetMGM Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook. Both of these mobile sportsbooks will offer signup bonuses, with BetMGM North Carolina offering a Bet $5 Get $158 special and FanDuel giving new users a Bet $5 Get $150 bonus.
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