Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Feb 1): Canadiens vs Hurricanes Prediction
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Montreal Canadiens vs Carolina Hurricanes Predictions
Carolina enters the night with a 23-19-8 record. The Hurricanes find themselves in eight-place of the Metropolitan Division though. Montreal has gone 20-24-6 this season. The Canadiens are in fourth-place of the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes may be lower in their divisional standings, but they have been the better team. This is demonstrated by Carolina’s two victories over Montreal earlier in the season.
The first game between these two teams was held in Carolina on December 27. The Hurricanes had a 3-1 victory. Sebastian Aho led the way for Carolina with two goals. Cam Ward stopped twenty-four of twenty-three shots. Carey Price had thirty-three saves on thirty-five shots.
The second game between these two teams was held in Montreal. That game was held only a week ago on January 25. Carolina was able to pull off a 6-5 victory. Noah Hanifin had three assists. Teuvo Teravainen had two goals and one assist. Charles Hudon scored two goals and one assist, while Jeff Petry scored a goal and added two assists for the Canadiens. Goaltending was not strong in this game.
Carey Price is coming off an All-Star appearance this past weekend. Price has struggled by his own standards this season but has still been one of the better players on Montreal. He has a save percentage of .905 and a GAA of 3.00. He will need to step up if he wants to finally beat the Hurricanes this season. Cam Ward is likely going to get the start on Thursday night. Ward has taken over more responsibility since Scott Darling has struggled in the starting role this season. Ward has posted a .907 save percentage and a 2.78 GAA. Ward will look to outduel Carey Price again on Thursday night.
Montreal Canadiens (+131) at Carolina Hurricanes (-145)
Teuvo Teravainen leads the Hurricanes in points this season. Teravainen has forty points this season. Sebastian Aho is second on the team with thirty-eight points. Justin Williams is third on the team with thirty-two points. The Canadiens have been led by Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty has thirty-one points. Alex Galchenyuk has twenty-eight points, which puts him second on the team. Brendan Gallagher is third on the team in points and leads the team in goals. Gallagher has eighteen goals and twenty-seven points.
The Canadiens are a huge underdog in this game. As a -145, the Hurricanes are expected to win this game fifty-nine percent of the time. I believe that the Hurricanes should be only slight favorites. It is very difficult for a team to get swept in a season series. The Hurricanes can pull off that sweep, but I do not believe it will happen. I expect Carey Price to have a good game and help pull off the upset on Thursday night.