What a wild game for the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon. Not many people were able to watch it due to baseball and football the main focus of the day, but it was an entertaining game against the Rangers. The Rangers and Hurricanes traded goals until Carolina blew things open with 4 goals in the 3rd period. It was a terrible outing for Rangers’ backup Alexander Georgiev who won the job in the preseason.
He allowed 7 Hurricanes’ goals and they tacked on an empty netter to make it an 8-5 win over the Rangers. Petr Mrazek showed no signs that he should be a fulltime goaltender, but it wasn’t needed with the offence putting on a show. The Hurricanes are really going to need Mrazek to develop into a reliable go-to guy, though.
Mrazek shared the crease with Jimmy Howard for most of his career in Detroit. He was hot and cold for the duration of his career with the Red Wings. There were points where he looked like he could be a franchise goaltender, and in other spots a career backup. The Red Wings sent him to Philadelphia last season where he struggled to play like a starter.
The last time Mrazek showed that ability was in 2015-16 when he posted a career high GAA of 2.33. So, I don’t know what the Hurricanes are expecting out of Mrazek, but they should keep Curtis McElhinney within reach on the bench. The Rangers managed just 24 shots on Mrazek, yet he allowed 5 goals for a 0.792 save percentage. It’s too early to say one thing or the other, but given what he’s done since 2015-16 and his start to this season, if I were I Hurricanes’ fan I wouldn’t have much confidence in Mrazek.
The Canucks are one game removed from a pretty wild game as well. Different being that the Canucks were on the receiving end of a 7-4 to the Flames in Calgary. The win gave Calgary a win in the home and home series. The Flames are the better team, but it didn’t look that way in the first meeting of the year. 7 goals against is more like it with a team who will struggle all season with their blueline. Head below for our free Canucks vs. Hurricanes pick for Tuesday in the NHL.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick
The Canucks are going to eventually usher Thatcher Demko in as their starting goaltender. The 23-year-old has been waiting in the wings to get his opportunity in the NHL. He has been described as the future in net for the Canucks. If Markstrom struggles mightily, don’t be surprised to see Demko get a chance later in the season. However, with this defence in front of him, why rush him in only to face a barrage of shots.
The Canucks have allowed 35 and 37 shots already in their first two games. That continues a trend from last season, when they gave up at least 30 shots in four of their last five games. The only team that didn’t reach 30 shots was the Arizona Coyotes. The Hurricanes shouldn’t have issues finding scoring chances against Markstrom who has already given up 7 goals in in two games.
Note that the Hurricanes have already hit the net an average of 40.3 times in three games. The Canucks are fortunate to have some punch in their offence with Horvat and Boeser. Them along with the rookie Elias Pettersson should be able to keep them in this matchup against the Canes. The problem with the Hurricanes is their goaltending. Mrazek is such an inconsistent option in net that it makes it difficult to want to lay -185 or opt for the puck-line on the Hurricanes. Even with a lackluster Vancouver team, they still have some playmakers on their roster that can give Mrazek or McElhinney a scare in net. The play here appears like it should be on the OVER.