The Carolina Hurricanes will be on the road Tuesday taking the ice against the Oilers at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The Hurricanes will be looking for a third consecutive win after beating the Minnesota Wild 6-2 at home on Saturday. The Oilers will be looking for their second win in three games following a 2-3 loss at home against the Buffalo Sabres their last time on the ice.
The Carolina Hurricanes are now 18-11-1 following a 6-2 win at home against the Minnesota Wild. The Hurricanes were able to outshoot Minnesota 40-24 in the game while winning just 29 of 61 faceoffs. Carolina was able to score a goal on two of their three power-play opportunities while defending the net each of the four times they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 12 blocked shots and 17 takeaways in the game
The Hurricanes have been good for an average of 3.17 goals per game this season while giving up 2.73 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 33.4 shots per game while allowing 28.7 on the defensive end of the ice. Carolina has scored 20 power-play goals for a 21.5 conversion rate to go with an 85.6 penalty kill percentage.
The Edmonton Oilers are now 18-10-4 following a 2-3 loss in overtime at home against the Buffalo Sabres. Edmonton was able to outshoot Buffalo 28-22 in the game while winning 32 of 51 faceoffs. The Oilers were able to score a goal on one of their three power-play opportunities while defending the net each of the three times they were forced to skate shorthanded. They had 15 blocked shots and 12 takeaways in the game.
Edmonton has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 2.97 goals per game for the season while giving up 2.88 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 28.5 shots per game while allowing 31.3 on the defensive end of the ice. They have 30 power-play goals this season for a 32.3 conversion rate to go with an 87.0 penalty kill percentage.
The Hurricanes will take the ice as -125 favorites with the Oilers skating in as 105 underdogs. The total is sitting at six on the game. I’m liking the Oilers to win as an underdog at home. There isn’t much at all separating their numbers at both ends of the ice. I’m thinking the difference will be the power-play. Carolina spends an average of 255 minutes a game in the box and Edmonton has a 32.3 power-play percentage. I’ll take those numbers any day of the week. My money’s on the Oilers.
NHL Stats and Trends:
- The Oilers are 12-1 in their previous 13 games vs. the Metropolitan division.
- The Oilers are 8-2 in their previous 10 games as an underdog.
- The Oilers are 9-4 in their previous 13 games vs. the Eastern Conference.
- The Oilers are 9-4 in their previous 13 games vs. a team with a winning record.