The Carolina Hurricanes are set to do battle in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena against the Vegas Golden Knights. This is the third stop on a four-game road trip for the Hurricanes. Following Las Vegas, they will head over to Dallas on Tuesday night for a meeting with the Stars. They’ve been in the desert since Thursday after notching a 5-3 victory against the Coyotes. Although, the opener of the road trip didn’t go so well, as the Canes fell by a score of 6-3 in St. Louis against the Blues.
The Hurricanes were the surprise team of 2018-19. Everyone was waiting for them to hit a wall, and that didn’t happen until way after their expected expiration date. They were ultimately swept by the Boston Bruins in Eastern Conference Final. It perhaps wasn’t the storybook ending that the Hurricanes were looking for, but it was a season that nobody saw coming out of the Hurricanes. As of Saturday and likely the rest of the season, the Hurricanes are going to be fighting to get back into the postseason.
Carolina head into Las Vegas with a record of 31-20-3 and 65 points. That puts them on the cusp of a wildcard in the Metropolitan Division. They’re currently tied with the Flyers at 65 points for the final spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are still in play when it comes to the division as well. Certainly not win the Metropolitan, but the No. 3 spot is within reach. With a win last night, the Blue Jackets added to their lead, though, as they stand at 69 points. The Hurricanes aren’t a team I’d like to play in the playoffs.
The Golden Knights are in a fight of their own, as they continue to contend in a crowded Pacific Division. Not much has changed from about a month ago. There are still five teams within reach of the divisional title. Only five points separates the Flames, Coyotes, Oilers, Golden Knights, and Canucks.
The Golden Knights are in the second best spot, as they are behind the division leading Canucks by only two points. A win against the Hurricanes and Canucks’ loss would get them into a tie by the end of Saturday night. It’s likely going to stay this way in the division throughout the next two months so buckle up. Head below for our free Hurricanes vs. Golden Knights pick.
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The Golden Knights put a show on against the Panthers in Sunrise on Thursday night. They left no doubt about who was getting the win that night. Vegas scored seven goals to bury the Panthers for a 7-2 win. Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty both scored twice, with Stone leading the way with a total of 5 points. Marc-Andre Fleury was solid enough between the pipes, as he stopped 23 of 25 shots to get the win. The Golden Knights are now winners in three of their last four games, with the only loss coming against a blazing hot Lightning squad. That was the last game on a long eight-game road trip for the Knights.
Vegas will finally be back at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night. Their last game at home was on January 11 in a bad 3-0 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Vegas made a stop in Raleigh during their road trip, which resulted in a 4-3 win for the Golden Knights. They have won three of their last four games against the Hurricanes, so they’ve found success against this opponent. The Hurricanes haven’t had much success over the course of their last ten games offensively. Since January 11, the Hurricanes have scored only 2.4 goals per game, though the defence has kept things competitive with 2.5 goals against per contest. Having said that, Petr Mrazek was raked across the coals in his last two performances. Mrazek allowed 4 goals against Vegas on 37 shots, and then the Blues got to him for 6 goals on 26 shots.
He has been iffy against the Golden Knights in his career, posting a 3.04 GAA and 0.898 save percentage in four appearances. His numbers have fallen sharply on the road this season as opposed to at home in Raleigh. Mrazek owns a 2.43 GAA at home and a 3.24 GAA on the road. The Hurricanes have gone just 13-11-2 on the road in 2019-20. They’ve been awful in particular recently, where they’ve gone 1-5 in their previous six tilts. I’m confident that the Golden Knights can return home to T-Mobile Arena and get a win after a painfully long road trip. They will likely be excited to get back out in front of the home crowd in Las Vegas. The big win in Sunrise on Thursday should provide them with a nice momentum boost in this one. Look at the Golden Knights in this spot.