The Carolina Hurricanes come back home after a 3-game road sweep. Here are three players to rely on in the game tonight, and in fantasy as well.
Let’s just take a minute, as Caniacs, to reflect: MAN IT’S GOOD TO BE A CANIAC. The Carolina Hurricanes have never gone on the road for more than 2 games and won them all. The Canes sit in a solid 3rd place in the metropolitan division. And this is all happening without Justin Williams, and the Canes not being 100% healthy.
Thank to the Coaching of Rod Brind’Amour, the Canes have made many, numerous changes mid game to solidify these past couple of wins. The only real problem, as stated before, is that there are too many good players on this team. With certain players streaking and others not, there has yet to be an over-lap of nobody on a hot streak.
Now let’s have some fun on the carousel of “who will be hot tonight.” In all honesty, these articles have been tough to write because of the weapon artillery that the Canes have. But there are a few notable guys that are on their hot streaks we should rely on as fans, and fantasy owners tonight.
1. Nino Niederreiter is Back
Niederreiter is a huge impact player that not only helped the Canes make the playoffs, but also make the deep run to the ECF.
While Niederreiter does bring a big offensive, goal scoring presence to the team, what is often most understated about him is his toughness. Niederreiter will be the first to rough up an opponent and stick up for the boys. The Canes have not had a player like this in some time and feed off of this energy to stick it to the opponent.
We have all been waiting for the sitting volcano of Nino to erupt, and well, it has. In the last 4 games (oh look at that the current 4 game win streak) Niederreiter has four points. This is the Niederreiter that the Canes love to see.
The goal Nino had last game was much needed for him and his confidence. Expect Niederreiter to build off of this forward momentum and play a big impact tonight.
2. Martin Necas is THE Rookie
Picture this: A casual Thursday morning, sipping your morning coffee while checking ESPN before logging in to your work email, and see this from Emily Kaplan with ESPN:
“9. Carolina Hurricanes
Previous ranking: 16
Perhaps a little under the radar, Martin Necas is putting together a solid rookie campaign. As the Canes battled through injuries to key forwards, the 21-year-old Necas consistently produced. He has 15 points in 21 games.”
That’s right, not only did the Canes move back in to the top 10 of ESPN’s NHL Power Rankings, but the quoted stat line on Necas, from Emily Kaplan with ESPN, is correct.
Necas is averaging over one point a game during this current Canes win streak. Two of the tallied 5 points are goals. The assists, are beautiful and smart.
There is a big bucket of promise for the rookie after winning the Calder Cup with the Charlotte Checkers last season. Necas is on a hot streak, and this one might not really have an end.
3. Dougie Hamilton isn’t going away
The Canes leading point scorer, the biggest man on the roster, DOOOOOGIE, Dougie Hamilton, is one player you should always have starting in fantasy.
Hamilton is even worth trading for. Anyone other than Connor McDavid, is worth it for Hamilton.
Hamilton averages over one point a game, and has a five game point streak going for him. Hamilton should never leave your lineup. Even if the Canes aren’t playing, he can score.
All said and done, expect Hamilton, Necas, and Neiderreiter to lead the way tonight and get you at least 7 fantasy points.
Carolina Hurricanes betting odds and lines.
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Let’s Get Statistical
On the road: 6-4-1
At home: 7-3-0
Against the Metro: 2-4-1
Against current .500 or better teams: 6-2-0
Against current .499 or worse teams: 7-5-1
Courtesy of The Action Network the Canes are currently -157 on the money line, compared to -170 when it opened. The Canes are ready to roll, but this game is important to Philly. Canes still the dominate team going into tonight.
The Canes have the over on this game at -120 on 6.5, and are +151 on the -1.5 spread.
All said and done; Canes KEEP ROLLING 4-1. Get right for tonight, and Go Canes.