Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds, Picks, and Predictions (3/4/22)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are scoring 3.2 goals per game, 11th in the league and taking 34.8 shots per game, sixth overall.  Defensively the Penguins are allowing 2.6 goals per game, ranked fourth overall and 30.3 shots per game, ninth in the league.  The Penguins are +1600 to win their sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history. Carolina is scoring 3.5 goals per game, ranking them sixth in the NHL and attempting 33.2 shots per game, tenth overall.  On the defensive side, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.4 goals per game which is first in the NHL and yielding 29 shots a game, fourth overall.  The Hurricanes are +1200 to win their second Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Odds

The Penguins are 6-1 in their last seven Friday games.  Pittsburgh is 9-3 in their last 12 games vs. Metropolitan Division opponents.  The Penguins are 1-4 in their last five meetings with the Hurricanes.  The road team is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between Pittsburgh and Carolina. The Hurricanes are 5-0 in their last five Friday games.  Carolina is 4-0 in their last four games vs. Metropolitan Division foes.  Over is 4-1 in the Hurricanes last five Friday games.  Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Carolina between the Penguins and Hurricanes.  Under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between Carolina and Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Penguins Odds

Jake Guentzel leads the Penguins in goals with 25 and points with 53 this season.  He has 16 points on the power play in 2021-22.  He’s a +8 and averaging 19:46 of ice time per game.  Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby is second on the team in scoring with 50 points in 43 games (16 goals and 34 assists).  The two-time Hart Trophy winner is a +10 and is averaging 19:54 of ice-time per game.  The three-time Stanley Cup winner has 502 career goals; he is the 46th player in NHL history to score at least 500 career goals.  Bryan Rust has 42 points in 2021-22 (18 goals and 24 assists).  He’s a +9 and averaging 18:45 of ice time per game for Pittsburgh.  Evan Rodrigues has been solid this season with 34 points: scoring 16 goals.  Evgeni Malkin who’s missed a majority of the season due to off-season knee surgery, has played in 19 games.  The 2011-12 Hart Trophy winner has 21 points (nine goals and 12 assists) in his limited time on the ice this year.

Kris Letang is the team’s third leading scorer with 48 points (six goals and 42 assists).  The two-time Stanley Cup winner is a team leading +17 while logging the most ice time per game by a Pittsburgh defenseman at 25:50. He has 90 blocked shots and has been physical delivering 110 hits (second on the team behind forward Zach Aston-Reese’s 160) this year.  In his 16th season, Letang is listed at +4000 to win the Norris Trophy.  Mike Matheson has scored seven goals on the year with five of those being game winners, tied for the team lead.  He’s out indefinitely due to an upper body injury.  Brian Dumoulin has 14 points this year and is second on the team in plus/minus at +13.  Dumoulin has blocked a team high 99 shots this campaign and is averaging 22:04 of ice time per game.

Tristan Jarry has started 41 games between the pipes for the Penguins this season.  He’s 26-11-6 with a .921 save percentage and has a 2.33 GAA.  He also has four shutouts this season.  Jarry is currently +4000 to win the Vezina Trophy.  Backup Casey DeSmtih is 6-3-2 in 2021-22 with a 2.99 GAA and .903 save percentage

Carolina Hurricanes Odds

Forward Sebastian Aho leads the team in scoring with 56 points (24 goals and 32 assists).  He’s a +11 and leads the team in power play goals with 12.  Additionally, he leads the team in game winning goals with five and averaging 19:11 of ice time per game.  Andrei Svechnikov, the second pick in the 2018 draft is second on the team in scoring with 50 points (22 goals and 28 assists).  He’s a +12 on the season and averaging 17:13 of ice time per game.  Teuvo Teravainen has 44 points in 48 games this year (15 goals and 29 assists).  The Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks has 23 points on the power play in 2021-22 (seven goals and 16 assists).  Vincent Trocheck has 37 points in 53 games (15 goals and 21 assists) this year.  He’s +14 and ranks second on the team in hits with 120.  Jordan Staal, one of the best captains in the league, has 19 points in 2021-22 (six goals and 13 assists).  He’s won 56.8% of his face-offs and leads the team in hits with 155 this campaign.

Jacob Slavin has 29 points (three goals and 26 assists), while leading the team in blocked shots with 88 and takeaways with 50.  Brady Skjei has played in 53 games and has recorded 23 points on the campaign (seven goals and 16 assists).  He’s a +15, averaging 20:59 of ice time per game.  Skjei has 49 blocked shots and delivered 62 hits on the year.  Anthony DeAngelo leads Carolina defensemen in points with 40 (nine goals and 31 assists).  Due to a chest injury he’s expected to be out for at least a month. 

Frederik Andersen has started 37 games in goal for the Hurricanes this season.  He’s 29-7-2 with a .930 save percentage and a 2.03 GAA.  The goaltender in his ninth season has three shutouts on the season.  Stanley Cup winner Antti Raanta is 7-3-2 this year with a .908 save percentage and a 2.55 GAA for Carolina this year.

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Picks & Prediction

The teams met a little less than two weeks ago with the Hurricanes beating the Penguins 4-3 in Pittsburgh.  Sebastian Aho scored the game winning goal at 14:18 of the third period.   Carolina has won two of the last three games against Pittsburgh.  The Penguins are 4-1 in their last five games playing on back-to-back days.  The Hurricanes are 2-5 in their last seven meeting with the Penguins at home.  Carolina is one of the best teams at home in the NHL, I’m going with the Hurricanes to win this contest by at least 1.5 goals.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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