Predators (24-19-1, 49 points) at Hurricanes (27-10-4, 58 points)
- Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
- Place: PNC Center, Raleigh, NC
- TV: Bally Sports South | NHL Center Ice
The Puck Drop
The Nashville Predators have been one of the NHL’s hottest teams since March 20 when they stood at 13-17-1 after a 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers. Since then, the Preds have turned into a vicious animal in winning 11 out of 13 and staking themselves as a solid 4-seed in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.
It’s been an offensive surge for the Predators in scoring 3.6 goals per game over those 13 while goalie Juuse Saros has fashioned a 9-1 ledger during the stretch.
Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes continue their bid for Central Division supremacy as they are tied with Tampa Bay and Florida with 58 points each atop the division.
The Hurricanes have had a rough stretch earlier in the week with an overtime loss and a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings which comes after they won seven out of nine games to solidify their standing in the Central Division.
The Hurricanes have won 11 of the last 12 games in this series and they hold a 15-3-1 advantage in the last 19 meetings. They also claim a 4-0-0 margin in this year’s elongated scheduling matchup as they won the last meeting 5-1 in PNC Arena on March 11 when Morgan Geekie scored two goals and Dougie Hamilton tallied a goal and an assist.
- The Predators are 0-5 SU in their last five games vs. the Hurricanes
- The Predators are 5-0 SU in their last five road outings
- Nashville is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road vs. Carolina
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 of the Hurricanes’ last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Carolina’s last 9 at home
- The Hurricanes are 13-7 SU in their last 20 contests
Saros has been unsolvable as he was 6-8 before he started to master the crease in mid-March. He has stopped 136 shots out of 143 opportunities in April and he has a GAA of 2.16 and a .929 save percentage on the season.
The Hurricanes have used all three of their goalies in the last three games where they have gone 1-1-1, with Petr Mrazek back in goal which has formed an unbelievable triplicate for the ‘Canes.
Mrazek was tabbed as the starting goalie going into the season but missed three months due to thumb surgery. He picked up a pair of wins over Dallas and Florida in his first two games back.
James Reimer (14-5-1) and Alex Nedeljkovic (9-4-2) have also been stellar in the crease for coach Rod Brind’Amour as Ndeljkovic has a 1.98 GAA as he has a 92.8 save percentage.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Predators||+1½ (-160)||+170||O 5½ (-115)|
|Hurricanes||-1½ (+140)||-200||U 5½ (-105)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
A trio of Predators in scoring leader Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, and Calle Jarnkrok have eight even-strength goals as they are one behind Rocco Grimaldi’s nine on the season. Viktor Arvidsson has been hot of late as he has five goals in the last four games. Roman Josi’s 22 assists leads Nashville.
The Hurricanes have six players who have double figures in goals, led by Sebastian Aho’s 17. He is Carolina’s leading pointsman at 38 points while Vincent Trocheck has 34 (16 goals.18 assists).
Trocheck was held without a point for the first time in seven games in Monday’s loss to the Red Wings. He had originally been on a seven-game assist/point streak after coming back from upper body injuries.
Surprisingly in the Nashville Predators’ 11-2 stand, the power play hasn’t been effective. Nashville has only three power-play goals in their last eight games with two of those coming in a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers nine days ago.
The penalty kill has been a steadying force as Nashville killed 14 penalties over a five-game stretch before Tampa Bay had a power-play goal in the Predators’ 7-2 win two days ago.
Carolina’s power play leads the NHL as they convert at a 28.2 percentage while setting ups a 32.8 offering at home (2nd/NHL). Trocheck leads the unit as seven of his 16 goals have been on the power play.
Hurricanes’ skaters have killed 89.9 percent of the penalties, seventh in the NHL, as they have given up only two power-play scores in the last seven games.
The Predators are 5-0 in shootouts this season.