The Carolina Hurricanes need a rebound, bad. What better time to do it than now, at home, courtesy of these guys right here.
OK, so, the last fantasy and betting article did not go as planned. That means that someone had Dunkin Doughnuts or Clam Chowder for lunch on Tuesday, not cool. But the Bruins are a good squad, and the Canes played tough.
Focus for tonight is to play ALL 60 minutes of the game, not 55 minutes. With a near perfect game and no puck luck, any mistake late can be fatal as we saw Tuesday night. But on a Positive note the Canes are back home for a few games, so lets pack PNC Arena for the boys and get them back on track.
Coach Brind’Amour probably had an earful for the guys up in Boston after the game. What was probably said besides playing the whole game, is the big names need to step up in big time games. Tonight, we will see just that. These three players will set the score right and push us back up in the standings.
Sebastian Aho, is without a doubt, the Canes guy. Having a few years of experiance under his belt, and an All-star game, it is time for a take over. Aho has surely broken out of his shell in many ways since becoming a Cane. His english has improved, he does better with the media, and has become a lot more outspoken. This was prevalent late in the Tuesday night game when the Bruins went up 2-0.
Aho’s frustration is something he rarely shows, but it’s a good thing. He’s he motivated and hungry. He will be hot tonight and knows the guys are going to rely on him.
The last three games the Canes have lost, Aho hasn’t had an offensive point. But November was great for Aho, 14 points in 15 games and 3 multi-point games. One game in December is nothing to worry about, especially with Aho still on the same line as Teuvo Teravainen.
Expect Aho to get to work tonight, especially on the penalty kill, which is extra fantasy points. The Canes are 9th in the NHL in penalty kills with and 84.7 kill percentage. On these kills Aho, or Mr. Shorthanded, has two goals and one assist on the season already.
Andrei Svechnikov needs to be hot tonight, and he will be. Svechnikov probably got some late night texts of encouragement from Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Martinook last night, which will fuel the fire.
In the last 12 games Svechnikov has 14 points, 2 multi-point games, and 6 power play points. AND he has only 2 penalty minutes in the last 5 games. The cutting down unnecessary penalties was an area for improvement for Svechnikov and he has done a great job of it so far.
The only really spooky stat is that in this streak, the only two shutouts the Canes have had, Svechnikov did not have a single point. Yes, if he had scored they wouldn’t be shut outs, but the point is he gets the ball rolling, and expect it early tonight.
Slavin got robbed Tuesday night no doubt. How does an NHL arena have a goal with a hole in the net?
Any way, the most impressive part of that non-goal is the fact that Slavin single-handedly saved the goal, won the puck, and then took it to the net.
Jaccob Slavin is a silent killer. Being so good at hockey and so under the radar is hard to do, but man he is doing it. From the most fundamental defender to a key asset with assisting the puck, the Canes would not be the Canes without Slavin.
The Canes have also called Brian Gibbons back up for tonight. likely going back to the 12 and 7 line up, Slavin with be with Hamilton all night, and that is a dangerous duo. Don’t blink tonight or you could miss another amazing coast to coast play from Slavin.
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Odds and Lines.
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Let’s get Statistical
- Record: 16-11-1
- On the road: 8-6-1
- At home: 8-5-0
- Against the West: 6-4-0
- Against current .500 or better teams: 8-6-0
- Against current .499 or worse teams: 8-5-1
Courtesy of The Action Network the Canes are currently -160 on the money line, the same as when it opened. The Canes have the under on this game at -110 on 6.5, and are +150 on the +1.5 spread.
The Hurricanes are back to being favored in tonight’s match-up. The Canes are mad, at home, and against the West. A recipe for a win! Canes take it 4-1, maybe even more!
Get Right for Tonight Folks.