As the red hot Carolina Hurricanes look to take on all of Canada, here are the three guys to rely on for night one of the big trip north.
Alright Canes fam, another long road trip is upon us and you know what that means; Canes after dark. Get up, go to work, do your job, take a nap after work and get ready for some late night hockey. While not apart of fantasy hockey we are all on Trip Tracey watch and his late night color commentary for the next two weeks.
Back to hockey itself, The Canes are back on a hot streak right before they hit the road. Will this trip look like the last trip out west? Odds are no, the Canes can easily come up with more wins than losses this trip.
A few notes before getting in to the three big picks for tonight on who to have, but maybe not start.
Tuesday night is pretty much a busy hockey night, so start the main point getters you have for tonight, BUT there are two sleepers on the Canes that you should at least have on your team.
If you have room by all means start Martin Necas and Julien Gauthier, otherwise hold on to them. Necas was extremely explosive before the injury against the Panthers, and will be a key assest once 100%. Gauthier is also quite a fan favorite and has been killing it in the AHL. These two young guys have a chance to shine on this road trip.
The only reason to hold these two rather than outright start them tonight, is ice time will be limited for both. They can still have quite an impact but as Necas gets closer to 100% and Gauthier gets more NHL ice time, they will be dangerous.
If a hat trick, a 5 point night wasn’t enough motivation to obtain and start Aho then there isn’t much hope for your fantasy team.
In one night Aho became the leading scorer for the Canes, and racked up 15 fantasy points alone. Aho’s slow start is a forgotten thing of the past. A defining moment when Aho showed frustration up in Boston has lead to an explosion of offense for the young Finn.
While the Canes got it done against the Sharks at home Aho couldn’t get anything to fall, so naturally he took it all out Saturday night. Expect an upward trend from Aho, no necessarily 5 points every game but two tonight can be certain.
Svechnikov must have been teasing him about taking his All-Star spot but Sebastian is fighting for it back. This is the healthy competition that the Canes need and will help deliver wins.
IN THE FINNS WE TRUST. Teravainen racked up 3 assists last game giving him a Canes most, 22 on the season.
As long as Aho and Teravainen run the same line there will be goals scored, and there will be assists made by Teuvo Teravainen. While Teravainen had a few quite games, he’s back. creating 8 fantasy points and 2 power play assists, if the Canes go on the power play, Teravainen will create something positive.
We have talked about streaks all season with a few certain exceptions. With Teravainen having 5 straight point-less games, it’s time for another streak out of Aho’s best buddy. Teravainen was probably just saving up for this important road trip.
Don’t be surprised if the Finns find each other tonight in some form or fashion for multiple goals.
Wallmark has finally figured out the centerman role. Game in and game out Wallmark has done his job of winning faceoffs, but has finally gotten comfortable with filling in for Haula at the crease.
After several games of no puck luck, but countless effort Wallmark finally got back on the bored on Saturday. This was a much needed confidence booster to bring Wallmark around.
Again, we talk about streaks, with Haula not making the trip up north, Wallmark has to keep working. Now that one goal has fallen, the puck luck begins. As well as, if Wallmark keeps up his hustle and speed, goals will fall.
Expect a sort of break out from Lucas as the team needs him to step up on the road for a few games. He is defiantly a player to keep on your team, but after the confidence created from last game, it’s time to start him.
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Carolina Hurricanes Betting Odds and Lines
Let’s get statistical
- Record: 18-11-1
- On the road: 8-6-1
- At home: 10-5-0
- Against the West: 7-3-0
- Against current .500 or better teams: 8-6-0
- Against current .499 or worse teams: 10-5-1
Courtesy of The Action Network the Canes are currently -125 on the money line, compared to -130 when it opened. The Canes have the over on this game at -104 on 6, and are +200 on the -1.5 spread.
The Hurricanes are the favorites tonight as the have been dominate against western conference opponents, but the Oilers will be a tough one. Expect a good game but a win 4-3.
Rest up Caniacs, episode 1 of 4 Canes after dark coming your way tonight.