Our NHL betting odds guru examines the game today between Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes. This NHL betting preview article culminates with a free pick on the total.
Can Hurricanes Extinguish Flames
The Carolina Hurricanes will entertain the Calgary Flames today at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina with a slated 7:05 PM ET start time. According to the NHL betting odds at Pinnacle, Carolina is a -110 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. The Flames defeated the Hurricanes in their only meeting this season 5-0 on 10/23 at Calgary. The Flames also won both games versus the Hurricanes last season by scores of 2-0 and 2-1.
Early Surprise Team in the West
The Calgary Flames have started the season by going 9-7 against the money line in their first 16-games, and that includes an outstanding 7-3 on the road. As a matter of fact, $100 money line NHL bettors have made $730 by wagering on the Flames in their road games this season. Calgary enters tonight having won 4 of their last 5, averaged 4.4 goals per game during that span, and converted on an excellent 31.2% (5-for-16) of their power play opportunities. After going 9 consecutive games without going over the total, the Flames have surpassed the number in each of their last 5. Jonas Hiller has been a terrific offseason acquisition. The former Anaheim Ducks goaltender has gone 6-4 in his 10-starts, and compiled a superb .931 save percentage. It must be noted, Calgary has outscored their opponents by a wide 20-9 margin in the 3rd period of games this season.
Turning the Tide in Carolina
The Carolina Hurricanes began the year by losing each of their first 8-games. During that losing streak, the Canes allowed an average of 4.1 goals per game. Since then, Carolina has won 4 of their last 5, and allowed just an average of 2.0 goals per contest during that span. They’ve also averaged 3.2 goals during those previous 5-games. Anton Khudobin is listed as the probable starting goaltender tonight for the Hurricanes, and he’s gone 0-5 in his 5-starts with a .892 save percentage.
Carolina is averaging 2.4 goals per game this season but before placing your NHL pick, know that they’ve scored 3 or more goals in each of their last 5-games. This creates a profitable betting system that we can utilize in making one of our NHL picks today. Any home team with a total of 5.0 or less, that averages 2.55 or less goals per game, and has scored 3-goals or more in each of their last 3-games, has seen 84 of those 130-games (64.6%) go under the total since 1996.
Free NHL Pick: Calgary/Carolina to go under the total of 5.0 at 5Dimes