Penguins & Hurricanes To Glide The Under

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Dana Lane

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:49 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 6:49 PM GMT

Will the recent 'under' trend continue for the Carolina Hurricanes at home or will the Penguins offense push the 'total' over 5.5.  Champion Handicapper Dana Lane explains which side you should be on to cash your ticket.

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Carolina Hurricanes

No doubt for as good as the month started, the middle of the month has not been kind to us. We'll climb out of our recent hole by going back to basics. Tonight I'm focusing on the Pittsburgh Penguins who travel to North Carolina to take on the Hurricanes at the PNC Arena. 

This is a series that has been dominated by the Penguins, winners of five straight and six of eight on the road. According to my line service, over 90% of all wagers taken have been on the Penguins as the line has risen from -130 to -140. As much as we like the Penguins, it's the game total of 5.5 that we're jumping on. As of now, we've seen the larger money outweigh the public money. Even though 85% of the wagers have been on the 'over', the money has moved towards the 'under'. The 'wise guys' have this pegged right as we're receiving plus money in some spots now.

If there is an area where the Hurricanes excel at its limiting opponents scoring chances. That wasn't the case in their first meeting as the Penguins unloaded 41 shots, which is approximately 13 shots allowed over their average, en-route to an easy 7-1 victory. Game two was a different story as the Penguins managed just 26 shots although they still managed to walk out with the 3-2 victory. Even in defeat, the Hurricanes discovered a way to limit the Penguins chances which we can anticipate will be their blueprint for tonight. 

Offensive success has been a different story this season. Carolina is in the bottom third in scoring and right in the middle of the league with just 29.9 shots per game. Their depth has taken a hit recently as second line center Viktor Rask has not found the score sheet in 12 straight games. His numbers reflect a number of minutes he's receiving as Rask received his lowest total of the season against Toronto. His lack of production is cause for concern for a team that is already offensively challenged. 

Listening to Head Coach Bill Peters this morning, he confirmed that there will be line-up changes for not just the forwards but for the defensemen as well. I've always been under the belief that it takes a game or two to see line-up changes pay off. 

If Carolina can limit the Penguins offensive chances as they did in their last meeting, this game is going under the 'total'.

 

Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5 Best Line Offered: at JustBet

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