Penguins-Hurricanes Streak of 'Unders' to Continue

Dana Lane

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 4:42 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 4:42 PM UTC

A streak of four straight 'unders' in the Pittsburgh Penguins-Carolina Hurricanes series will be tested Tuesday night at the PPG Paints Arena with a puck drop of 7 p.m. ET.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh PenguinsFree NHL Pick: Under 5.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Monday night, we had a little bump in our streak when the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t quite get to seven goals, but it ended up being a ‘Push’ so no harm, no foul. Tuesday, we get back on track with another total selection, but first let me give my weekly update on season to date NHL trends.

Home favorites continue to dominate straight-up wagering at almost a 59% clip. An impressive percentage, but remember you’re not going to do your bankroll any favors by betting favorites of -150 or more. To give you an idea of how close this league is, look no further than puck-line wagering. More than 67% of away teams getting a goal-and-a-half cash tickets, but we already know that home teams win the majority of games. That means there are a lot of one-goal games being won by the home team.

A little shift in totals this week as the UNDER has reclaimed its spot as the side to wager on. For much of the season, the OVER had been dominating. However, books have taken notice and raised the totals so high on these games that the bettor has no choice other than to bet UNDER. Good for them, because the pendulum has swung in their direction with the UNDERS leading by the slimmest of margins, 357- 353. We should never bet games blindly, but this is a good point of reference.

My power rankings are led by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the top spot, followed by the St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks.

For Tuesday's game, the Pittsburgh Penguins will regain the service of starting goaltender Matt Murray, who has been out of the lineup while dealing with the death of his father. Murray is still unconfirmed to start, though. It will be Cam Ward for Carolina. If Murray starts, then you can anticipate a tremendous effort because players who are dealing with death or sickness to a family member usually produce an inspired effort. If he doesn’t get the nod, Tristan Jarry will be the Penguins goaltender. The rookie hasn’t been half bad considering the Penguins haven’t played well in front of him. (Update: it's Casey DeSmith in net)

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Cam Ward gets the start tonight in Pittsburgh. #Redvolution | #CARvsPIT

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) January 23, 2018

The Golden Knights jumped on the Hurricanes early in Carolina's last game Sunday, allowing the hardest-working team in the NHL to coast to a 5-1 victory after scoring three goals on the first 8 shots. The ice was tilted on Bill Peters' team, and until I can count on the Canes offensively I won’t bet many OVERS with them involved. We can’t underestimate the loss of Sebastian Aho, the Hurricanes' leading scorer who is recovering from a concussion.

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