Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho celebrates after his goal against the Boston Bruins during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The Carolina Hurricanes are home to the Nashville Predators from PNC Arena at 7:00 PM EST
Frederik Andersen is projected to start against Juuse Saros
Read below for the Predators vs Hurricanes odds, prediction, and best NHL betting pick for Friday
The Nashville Predator head on the road to face the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, February 18th, 2022. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM EST at PNC Arena and will be broadcasted on BSSO and SN1. The Nashville Predators are listed at +145, with Carolina at -177 in the Predators vs Hurricanes odds. The total for this matchup in the Friday NHL odds is listed at 6.0, with the over at +100.
Will the Carolina Hurricanes get their sixth home win in a row over Nashville? Let’s look closer at the Predators vs Hurricanes odds at Barstool Sportsbook and find out what the best NHL pick is for Friday, February 18th, 2022.
Predators vs Hurricanes Odds
O 6 (+100)
U 6 (-120)
Odds as of February 17th at Barstool Sportsbook.
Tennessee online sports betting markets list the Predators as underdogs, with their puckline sitting at -175 to lose by less than one goal.
Nashville Predators Struggling a Bit NHL Odds Wise
While the Nashville Predators were playing well for the first half of the season, things have been a bit of a struggle of late. After a January streak, they were 24-12-3 on the season and were second in the Central Division. Since then, the Predators have begun to drop some contests. They have gone 4-5-1 over their past 10 games to fall down to fourth place in the Central. They’re currently priced at +2200 in the NHL Divisional odds.
While the Predators seem safe in a wildcard spot, they only have a six-point cushion over the Dallas Stars and five over the Anaheim Ducks. Nashville has struggled offensive and even defensively at times as the Predators have dropped three straight games.
It might be 10-0 right now if it wasn’t for Juuse Saros.
— Jared Stillman (@JaredStillman) February 16, 2022
So, with 33 games to go, Nashville must fend off several teams just to get in the postseason. In their three-game losing streak, the Predators have allowed 12 goals as they have scored just six. It does not matter who is in net. Juuse Saros has played like a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. However, he has given up ten goals in three losses. It is partly why the NHL odds and money (59%) favor the Hurricanes against the Predators on Friday.
Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup Odds Wobble A Bit
A small hiccup (losers of 4 of 5) has the Carolina Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup odds getting a bit longer. This is a team that started the season at around +1400 to win the Stanley Cup. Carolina is now at +1200 odds to win the Stanley Cup nestled, among the top ten teams. At one point around December 1st, the Hurricanes were just +800. Things have been a bit of a roller coaster ride since.
Carolina plays very well in Raleigh and not surprisingly have one of the better records at home with a 16-4-2 mark. They average 3.9 goals a contest at PNC Arena. Carolina still scores 3.36 goals per game on the road. Thankfully after a rough five-game road trip, they are back home, where they have triumphed five straight times.
Predators vs Hurricanes Recent Results
Hurricanes 3 Predators 2
Hurricanes 4 Predators 3 (OT)
Hurricanes 3 Predators 2 (OT)
Predators 4 Hurricanes 3 (OT)
Predators 5 Hurricanes 4 (OT)
Predators vs Hurricanes Prediction & Pick
The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to bounce back at home and face an opponent they were able to beat Nashville five times in a row. However, they have only covered the puckline twice with three one-goal wins.
So the Hurricanes have to make sure Sebastian Aho and the top-six lead the way. Aho leads the team with 25 points at home in 20 games, and Evgeni Svechnikov is also averaging more than a point per game. Even Nino Niederreiter has ten goals at PNC Arena.
2022 NHL Calder Trophy Odds Tracker
As for the Predators, their focus must become playing a bit more outside of their own zone. The best defense is a good offense, and lately, Nashville is struggling to score goals (just two a game in this mini slide). Expect this to be a close affair on Friday.
Take the Hurricanes at -177 in the Predators vs Hurricanes odds via Barstool Sportsbook and the team over of 3.5 goals on Friday night.
Pick: Hurricanes ML (-177), Carolina Over 3.5 goals (+120)