NHL Picks: Flames vs. Hurricanes

Ross Benjamin

Monday, January 13, 2014 4:25 PM GMT

The Hurricanes host the Flames on Monday at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina with the opening puck drop slated for 7:05 PM ET. Where does the best value lie for this matchup?

According to NHL betting odds Carolina is a -175 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The home team has won the last 5 meetings between these two clubs. These teams have seen the last 5 meetings in Carolina all go over the total.

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Anemic Offensively of Late

The Calgary Flames are going through a nightmarish goal scoring drought over the last couple of weeks. They’ve scored a grand total of 6-goals combined over their last 8-games. During that futile 8-game stretch they’ve been shutout 5 times, and scored just 1-goal on just 2 other occasions. Starting with tonight the Flames will play 4 of their next 5-games on the road. They’ve actually been better on the road versus the money line (8-13) than on the road (7-16). However, they’ve lost 5 of their last 6 road games. The Flames have gone over the total in their last 3 road games. They enter tonight having lost 7 of the last 8 and 11 of their last 13.

Kicking it up a Notch

The Carolina Hurricanes had their 5-game winning streak snapped in their previous game losing 3-0 at Columbus last Thursday. The Canes enter today 6th in the Metropolitan Division, and 12th overall in the Eastern Conference. The good news is that they trail both Philadelphia and Detroit by just 3-points in the battle for the 8th and final playoff position. Tonight will be the 1st of a 3-game in 7-day home stand for Carolina. They’ve won the last 3, and earned at least 1-point in their last 4 home games. The big story of late has been the play of 27-year old goaltender Anton Khudobin who’s filled in for the injured Cam Ward. Khodobin has started the last 5-games for the Canes and has seized the opportunity. For the season he’s 6-1 in 7-starts with a stellar 1.99 GAA, and a superb .936 save percentage.

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NHL Betting System

Any team (Carolina) that was shutout in their previous game, versus an opponent that scored 2-goals or less in each of their last 3-games, has gone over the total in 37 of 57-games (64.9%) since the beginning of the 2009-2010 year. Matchup to go over 5.5 for our free NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Calgary/Carolina Over 5.5