- The Pittsburgh Penguins are -125 home favorites over the Carolina Hurricanes in an NHL afternoon game slated for Sunday, March 13
- Pittsburgh is 4-1-1 straight up over the past six games; Carolina won 4-3 at Pittsburgh on February 20
- See the Hurricanes vs Penguins odds ahead of Sunday’s matinee
In the battle for Metropolitan Division supremacy, the Carolina Hurricanes clearly have the number of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Canes have toppled the Pens in each of the past three meetings, as well as five of their past six games, positioning them well in the NHL playoff odds.
Carolina owns a 3-1 edge in the past four contests played in Pittsburgh. That’s including a 4-3 away verdict over the Penguins on Feb. 20. They’ve won both meetings with the Pens this season. However, each were one-goal decisions.
However, it’s the hometown Penguins that oddsmakers are tipping as -125 favorites to win this game. Pittsburgh is 3-4-3 straight up over the past 10 home games.
Hurricanes vs Penguins Odds
|Game Time (ET)||Team||Moneyline||Puck Line||Total|
|Sunday March 13||Carolina Hurricanes||+105||+1.5 (-255)||O 6 (-120)|
|1:05pm||Pittsburgh Penguins||-125||-1.5 (+205)||U 6 (+100)|
Odds as of March 12th at DraftKings
The puck will drop at 1:05pm ET Sunday at PPG Paints Arena. Pennsylvania online sports betting trends display that Pittsburgh’s last two games went over. However, the Penguins are 2-3-1 against the total over the past six games.
Carolina will be playing the second game of back to backs for the 10th time this season. In the NHL betting lines, the Hurricanes are 5-3-1 straight up in that scenario so far in 2021-22. The five wins are including a 3-2 home-ice overtime victory over the Penguins on March 4.
Hurricanes vs Penguins NHL Betting Trends
Carolina has joined the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers in the NHL’s 40-win club for the 2021-22 season. The Hurricanes entered Saturday’s road game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a league-leading .746 points percentage.
— nopClips (@nopClips) March 11, 2022
Coming into Saturday’s game, Canes forward Sebastian Aho was showing 6-7-13 totals over the past 13 games. Carolina owns an NHL-best +31 goal differential in the third period this season and have killed off penalties at a 90.8% clip since Jan. 25.
Hurricanes vs Penguins Recent Results
|3/19/2019||Carolina 3 Pittsburgh 2 (OT)||CAR||PGH||Under|
|3/31/2019||Pittsburgh 3 Carolina 1||PGH||PGH||Under|
|3/8/2020||Piitsburgh 2 Carolina 6||CAR||CAR||Over|
|2/20/2022||Pittsburgh 3 Carolina 4||CAR||CAR||Over|
|3/4/2022||Carolina 3 Pittsburgh 2 (OT)||CAR||PGH||Under|
Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang has ascended to the 50-point plateau for the sixth time in his career. That’s tied for the lead among active NHL defensemen. Does it also put Letang into consideration in the Norris Trophy odds?
Turning that defense into offense 💪
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 12, 2022
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is two assists away from tying Sergei Fedorov (696) for the most assists by a Russian-born player in NHL history.
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Defensive Shortcomings For Hurricanes
Carolina is currently without three regular defensemen. Tony DeAngelo, (upper-body) has missed eight games.
Jake Gardiner (upper-body) has been missing for 57 games, while Brendan Smith (upper-body) has been on the shelf for the past nine games. Smith was hurt the last time these two teams played in Pittsburgh.
Don Waddell says Brendan Smith suffered a hairline fracture when he blocked the Danton Heinen shot in Pittsburgh. Also says that Smith not playing is more of a comfort issue with his helmet. It’s not so much related to the injury.
DeAngelo in the gym but still out for a while.
— Cardiac Cane (@CardiacCane) March 8, 2022
Penguins defenseman Mike Matheson returned for Friday’s 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. He’d missed five games with an upper-body injury. That leaves just forward Jason Zucker (lower body) out for Pittsburgh. He’s been absent the past 21 games.
Frederik Andersen Back For Carolina
Carolina also got some good news on the injury front. Frederik Andersen, the Canes #1 goalie, was back between the pipes on Saturday afternoon in Philly. He’d missed the past two games with an upper-body injury.
Frederik Andersen (@f_andersen30), are you kidding with this stop? 😱
📺: ABC ➡️ https://t.co/CLqyKVUD2q pic.twitter.com/qoQInuCJzi
— NHL (@NHL) March 12, 2022
However, it’s unlikely that Andersen will be sent out by Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour to start back-to-back games as he returns from injury. So look for backup Antti Raanta to get the call in Pittsburgh
Hurricanes vs Penguins Projected Starting Goalies
Pittsburgh’s Tristan Jarry has reached the 20-win plateau for third consecutive season. He’s also matched a career high with three shutouts.
However, Jarry is just 2-4 in his past six decisions.
Hurricanes vs Penguins Pick & Prediction
Carolina shows more road games (18) than Pittsburgh has earned home victories (16) this season. Seven of the last 10 Hurricanes-Penguins games have gone under, so that +100 on the under six goals is tempting.
Yup, Guentzel and Crosby just did that 🤯 pic.twitter.com/drAIucLsUu
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 5, 2022
Pittsburgh blew a 2-0 in the last game against Carolina. The Canes have outscored the Pens 13-7 over the past three games.
Pick: Carolina Hurricanes ML (+105)
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