The Carolina Hurricanes have struggled to find the back of the net in their last Canadian adventure. Tonight the story will change and these three will help.
The Carolina Hurricanes: 1.5, Canada: 1. The Carolina Hurricanes already have three of the possible four points so far. Can they make it five of seven? We find out tonight as they take on their third Canadian team on this extended road trip. Tonight it’s the Bill Petersless Calgary Flame, which have proven to be tougher without the former Hurricanes Coach.
Tonight is about focusing on scoring. The last time these two matched up only two players found the back of the net. Luckily for the Carolina Hurricanes it was theirs that did it twice, earning them the win. Not to mention an all time place on the top goals of 2019. Perhaps the top goals of the 2010s. More on that later.
The defense is there. That much is known. The biggest concern is the lack of offense. While yes, they lit up both Minnesota and Edmonton for six goals, They have been shut out now thrice in seven games going all the way back to the post thanksgiving game. That will not be the case tonight as they change their focus.
Teuvo Teravainen has been leading the team in assists. There is a reason for that. He plays on the same line as Sebastian Aho and occasionally Andrei Svechnikov. But now, tonight, he needs to take it upon himself and be a little greedy. While it is incredible of him to keep feeding his teammates, it’s time for him to feast.
That means it is time for him to shoot the puck when he gets the chance instead of opting to pass. He has a heck of a shot and has allowed the greatness of his linemates to overshadow him and push him into a support role. No longer, tonight Teuvo will find himself in a place where he has the option to pass and will instead score all on his own. It’s about time Sebastian Aho collected a few more apples anyway.
Warren Foegele has been the guy who knocks on the door of every goalie so far this season, but noone has answered. Well tonight he gets an answer or two. The amount of faith in him by Rod Brind’amour has risen and he will get the ice time he needs to be more than successful tonight as he takes on the Calgary Flames on their own ice.
He will be relied on to break down David Rittich as the Hurricanes try and get one on the Flame early. That means playing in the dirty areas of the crease and giving the netminder nightmares of the number 13 forever. Hockey masks might have changed, but that doesn’t mean Jason Voorhees can’t spook goalies.
Perhaps it’s past time he pays back Elias Lindholm and does a bit of a Skul Clap after beating Calgary.
Remember that one time when the Carolina Hurricanes were down by a single goal late in the third and Andrei Svechnikov found a bit of time and space behind the net and attempted to tie the game on a move that has never ever been successful in the National Hockey League and succeeded? The Flames do. And they definitely do not want a repeat tonight. Not on their own ice.
Well when has that ever stopped Andrei Svechnikov? Trick question, it has yet to. While the offense was quiet on the scoresheet against Vancouver, they certainly were not on the shot counter. Svech recorded four of the 43 SOG that night. Expect him to double down tonight and try and get a few more than that to take down the Calgary Flame.
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Carolina Hurricanes Betting Odds and Lines
Let’s get statistical
- Record: 19-11-1
- On the road: 9-6-2
- At home: 10-5-0
- Against the West: 8-3-1
- Against current .500 or better teams: 9-6-1
- Against current .499 or worse teams: 10-5-1
Courtesy of The Action Network the Canes are currently -115 on the money line, compared to -107 when it opened. The Canes have the over on this game at -120 on 5.5, and are -278 on the +1.5 spread.
The Calgary Flames have been on fire recently since they fired Bill Peters. But count on the Carolina Hurricanes to come and extinguish them tonight and collect another precious 2 points in the standings.