Hurricanes vs. Canadiens NHL Pick – December 13th





<p>The Carolina Hurricanes are in Quebec for a meeting with the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs got blasted in their most recent outing, a 7-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild in the finale of a three-game road trip. They were going into that contest with three straight wins, but the Wild made no mistake catching the Canadiens sleeping. Carey Price has been blamed for a lot of bad games this season, though fans can’t blame him for the loss against the Wild. </p>
<p>Claude Julien gave Price the night off to give Niemi a chance in net. That ended up being a disaster, as Niemi allowed 7 goals before getting pulled. Price entered to make 9 saves and prevent the game from getting even more embarrassing. He will be back between the pipes with the Hurricanes in town on Thursday night. </p>
<p>Price has had his struggles, but there is still a lot of time left for him to put together a productive campaign. He’s shown some serious signs of bouncing back recently, so we’ll see where the season takes him. The Hurricanes have been known to pile on the shots, though it hasn’t translated into goals like it should. Shots don’t necessarily equate to quality scoring chances, as we’ve seen with the Hurricanes in the 2018-19 season. </p>
<p>The Canadiens enter Thursday with a record of 15-11-5. In other words, they’re one of those teams who is stuck in the middle at the moment. If the season were to begin today, the Canadiens would be the final wildcard team in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh would be the last team out, but I suspect a lot is going to change in the second-half. If Price can stay in the rhythm he’s in and play up to his contract, the Habs very well could be a playoff team. Get our free Hurricanes vs. Canadiens pick. </p>
<h2 class=Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens Pick

For the Canadiens to have success, it’s going to have to come on the back of Price. He has help with a better offence than last season, but everyone is aware that they’re going to need him to play like an elite goaltender, exactly what he’s getting paid to do. Price has been on course recently, as he’s given up less than 3 goals in six of his previous seven appearances. Price hasn’t allowed more than 3 goals since November 21st against the Devils on the road.

He’s watched his GAA and save percentage improve to 2.89 and 0.904. Price should be able navigate through the Hurricane offence efficiently. They’re averaging just 2.45 goals per game for 29th in the NHL. Their numbers have taken a dive over the past few weeks. In their last ten outings, they’ve scored just 2.1 goals per game and 2.14 goals on the road.

Price owns a 2.23 GAA and 0.928 save percentage against the Hurricanes in 26 games. He should be able to get some goal support in this contest. The Habs are averaging 3.25 goals per game at Bell Centre. Curtis McElhinney has been a savior for the Hurricanes in net this season, but he won’t be travelling with the team to Montreal. The positive for McElhinney and the Canes is that he is off the IR now. Petr Mrazek and his 0.895 save percentage will get the crease again tonight. His most recent outing was a 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs. I’d go with the Canadiens catching a decent price at home against the Hurricanes of Carolina.

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