Hurricanes to put out Flames Fire

Dana Lane

Sunday, January 14, 2018 4:36 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 4:36 PM UTC

Home team in this series has been dominant winning 14 of their last 22 meetings with 2 pushes.  Puck drops at 3:00 ET /12:00 PT

Free NHL Picks for Sunday: Carolina Hurricanes on the ML
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The Minnesota Wild continue our hot streak of winners with an easy win over the Winnipeg Jets. If you’re complaining to me about not being able to get on a run on the ‘Ice Guys Show’ you need to look no further than this column to find consistent winners. The reasoning is simple, I have a little more time to go over games for the most part. Usually, I do these games later than the ‘Ice Guys Show’ so I get a chance to go over them a little more.

Flames vs Hurricanes

This will be the only meeting between these two teams, this will also be the last game before the Carolina Hurricanes head to their bye week. I take the NFL bye week into account when handicapping game before the break. You hear players putting emphasis on winning because no wants to sit around for two weeks, as is the case with the NFL, or 5 days with the NHL.

Bill Peters team will also draw some inspiration after dropping a gut-wrenching defeat to the Washington Capitals after leading by a goal with less than five minutes left in the game. Jay Beagle scored with 1.3 seconds left to lift the Washington Capitals to two points.

This won’t be a cakewalk either because the Calgary Flames are on the verge of stealing the second spot in the Pacific Division from the Los Angeles Kings. They trail the Kings by a point but own a game in hand.

The big news coming out of North Carolina is that the team was finally sold to Tom Dundon. They dropped the Capitals game in front of their new owner but you can bet that they’ll continue to play hard or not take any shifts off in hopes of securing a spot on next years team. It’s the same theory that handicappers use when teams are playing in front of their Dad’s on their teams annual ‘Dad’s Trip’. Teams will bring the intensity just a little more knowing that the man that helped them become successful is watching from above. Same effect with Dundon.

Carolina has been experiencing some injury issues with defensemen Brett Pesce being placed on injured reserve and forward Derek Ryan in against Washington on Thursday. Elias Lindholm and Joakim Nordstrom were also held out of the game, so they were far from 100%. They’ll be healthier against the Flames.

Scott Darling should get the start for the Hurricanes. Darling owns a 3-1 record against the Flames with 1.24 goals against average and a .959 save percentage.

Mike Smith is unconfirmed to get the start for Calgary. If he does Smith is 19-13-3 but has 2.50 goals against.

Let’s jump on the Hurricanes as they put on a show for their new owner.

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