NHL Picks: Back Hurricanes To Pick Up A Solid Road Win vs. Flames

Dana Lane

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 1:51 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 1:51 PM GMT

The Hurricanes are on a 7-2-1 run that sees them only one point out of a playoff spot in the Metropolitan and wild card. Tonight they meet the Flames, but who will be in our NHL picks?

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Free NHL Pick: Hurricanes -110
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Hurricanes vs. Flames Game Overview
The only city more happy with the Hurricanes recent success may be Quebec. It's no secret that Quebec and Las Vegas have been patiently waiting for Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors to grant them an expansion team. One of the problems is if Carolina only fills 61% of their building and continues to lose where would they eventually go. Now that it appears the Hurricanes are heading for positive pastures, the league can expand knowing all teams are on solid ground.

The season started to turn in late December as a +175 dog, at Chicago, where Eddie Lack played brilliantly. Lack came into the contest 3-6-2 but looked anything but in the third period stopping 19 Blackhawks shots in a ferocious attempt to tie the score. Lack came right back a month later, before the All-Star break, and not only beat Chicago again, as a +135 dog in the NHL odds boards, but handed them a 5-0 shutout. Even though I don't have the Hurricanes ranked in the upper part of my power ratings, I'm beginning to grow confident in taking a chance with them as a road dog. 

Chicago has helped the Canes' in other ways this season. Aquired in a September trade from Chicago, Forward Kris Versteeg was instrumental in the Flames last win over Carolina, scoring twice. Versteeg has been a calming presecense in the lockeroom keeping everyone focused with his poise and leadeship during the teams early struggles.

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Betting Analysis
I expect the Hurricanes to be focused playing a solid first period knowing the Flames haven't won a game when trailing after the first period (0-15). We all would like to know when a team is going to get 'Hot' so we can ride them the rest of the season. I wouldn't put the Hurricanes in that category yet, but they are worth a follow because it appears they are much more cohesive unit on the ice which could lead to a profitable season for the Hurricane backers.

I would hold off a little while before playing Carolina with my NHL picks because there should be some 'revenge' money coming in. You know, the money that backs the team that 'has to' win because they are fairly matched and Calgary was on a road trip in the first meeting resulting in a 5-2 Carolina win. It appears the 'wise guy' money has started to come in on the Hurricanes, but 'square' money will even that up as it gets closer to dropping the puck. The reality is that, if you watch the last game, Carolina was wining the large majority of faceoff draws which helped them to not only control the game but also helped their special teams douse what hope the Flames had.

Carolina has won five of their last seven vs. teams with a losing record which is another indicator they will be moving up the power rankings. You have to beat the teams you're supposed to before you can beat the teams you're not. Calgary has lost five of their last six against teams with a losing record. Two ships passing in the night.

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