After snapping a five-game losing streak, the Carolina Hurricanes will now look to string together victories tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.
The Hurricanes were down to third-string netminder Pyotr Kochetkov for the majority of their recent drought, but Antti Raanta returned to lead Carolina to a 3-2 victory over the Flames on Saturday night. The Penguins had a five-game winning streak snapped by the Maple Leafs when last seen on Saturday.
Can Carolina pick up another victory without goalie Frederik Andersen, or will Sidney Crosby & Co. conquer the Canes at home? Find out in our free NHL picks and predictions for Hurricanes vs Penguins on Tuesday, November 29.
Hurricanes vs Penguins best odds
Hurricanes vs Penguins picks and predictions
Even as the Hurricanes have struggled as a whole in recent days, Martin Necas has been giving his team a chance from the top line, doing his best to make up for the lack of production from the injured Teuvo Teravainen. He has three goals and two assists over Carolina’s recent 1-4-1 run, including a power-play tally in his club’s triumph over Calgary on Saturday.
Necas is listed as high as +245 to score a goal in this tilt, and while that’s a very tempting wager, I think there’s another prop bet involving Necas that’s even better, albeit at less than even money. Let’s take the Over on Necas’ shots on goal at a generous line of 2.5.
Necas has recorded exactly four shots on goal in each of his last three games and has gathered at least three SOG in six of his last seven contests. Over 22 tilts this season, Necas is averaging 3.27 shots per game.
The Czech native isn’t the only Carolina skater racking up the shots this season. In fact, the Canes rank third in the NHL in shots generated per game (35.2) There isn’t even much falloff on the road, where Carolina peppers opposing netminders with an average of 34.5 shots. The Penguins come into this affair ranked 28th in the NHL by shots allowed per tilt (33.6), so the Hurricanes should get plenty of opportunities to beat Tristan Jarry in this game, Necas included.
Necas’ involvement on the power play could be key. The Canes have heated up in this department after a slow start to the year, scoring four times on the man advantage over their last two games. But Pittsburgh hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in seven straight tilts, killing off 17 consecutive chances. This could be the reason why Necas gets held off the scoreboard, but it shouldn’t be for lack of chances.
My best bet: Martin Necas Over 2.5 shots (-147)
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Hurricanes vs Penguins moneyline analysis
The odds are more than fair for the Penguins to prevail at home on Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh should roll with Jarry in this spot after using Casey DeSmith between the pipes on Saturday. Jarry appears to be rounding into form after a somewhat slow start to the campaign, as he’s stopped 92 of the last 94 shots he’s faced, going 3-0-0 in the process. In six starts at home this season, Jarry is 4-1-1 with a 2.46 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
The Penguins boast a more balanced offensive attack, with Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Rickard Rakell, and Evgeni Malkin combining for 38 of their team’s 76 goals this year. Crosby will try to put a cherry on top of an excellent month of November, as he’s recorded seven goals and 11 assists over 13 games.
Just three players on Carolina — Andrei Svechnikov, Necas, and Sebastian Aho — have been responsible for 32 of their club’s 59 goals to this point. Other than this trio, only Jordan Staal has more than two goals for the Hurricanes this month.
The Penguins are trending much better than the Canes right now, winning five of six and each of their last four games following a home loss of three or more goals. Carolina has dropped five of its last six road games.
Take Pittsburgh at a moneyline of -130 or better.
Hurricanes vs Penguins Over/Under analysis
The Hurricanes should ride with Raanta in net tonight, and his effort combined with Jarry’s should result in Under bettors prevailing.
Raanta has been excellent in five road starts, going 2-2-1 with a 2.36 GAA and a .916 save percentage. He looked sharp in his return to the lineup on Saturday, stopping 18 of the Flames’ 20 shots on goal.
Raanta will take on a Pittsburgh power play that’s in a midst of a 0-for-12 skid that spans five games. Much like the Canes, the Penguins have struggled to produce on the power play this season, as they’re 28th in the NHL with a 16.7% success rate.
There are a slew of trends that support a play on the Under in this one. The Hurricanes are 7-1 to the Under in their last eight overall and 5-1 in their last six road games. The Penguins have gone below the total in four of their last five overall, with an identical mark in their last five games following a loss of three or more goals.
The Under is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings between these two clubs, and 6-2-1 in their last nine meetings at PPG Paints Arena. Grabbing the Under before the goalies are announced would be wise, as the juice could come tumbling down afterward.
Hurricanes vs Penguins betting trend to know
The favorite is 14-5 in the last 19 meetings between the Hurricanes and Penguins. Find more NHL betting trends for Hurricanes vs Penguins.
Hurricanes vs Penguins game info
|Location:||PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 29, 2022|
|Puck drop:||7:00 p.m. ET|
|TV:||Bally Sports South, SportsNet PT|