The Carolina Hurricanes are set to host the Colorado Avalanche this evening at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes are coming off a shutout victory in Chicago against the Blackhawks.
The Stanley Cup Champions come to Carolina after a 3-2 defeat to the St. Louis Blues on Monday.
This is the second time these two teams have played each other in less than a week. The last game was in Colorado with the Avalanche defeating the Hurricanes by a score of 4-1.
The Avalanche backup goaltender, Pavel Francouz, played in that contest. Expect to see Alexander Georgiev between the pipes tonight.
Georgiev has had a solid start to the season with a 2.70 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
The Avalanche have had some struggles this season and one big injury to the captain, Gabriel Landeskog.
The Hurricanes have had a fair share of injuries themselves with starting goaltender, Frederik Andersen. In addition, Teuvo Teravainen is injured with an upper-body injury.
Despite the injuries, the Hurricanes have not missed a beat in the net. Backup Antti Raanta has played well and rookie, Pyotr Kochetkov has taken advantage of this opportunity with the shutout last game.
The secondary scoring has been absent from the Hurricanes this season and the special teams have struggled.
Staying outside the box will be a big key for the Hurricanes to keep the Avalanche off the scoresheet.
Because of the goaltending for both teams and struggles 5 on 5, I would go with the under 6 goals with -110 odds.
If the last game was any indication, scoring will be difficult for the Hurricanes and the Avalanche have had struggles on the road with a 4-3 record.
The Georgiev vs Raanta matchup will surely keep the score low.