Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) lines up against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, May 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The Carolina Hurricanes host the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, November 12th
The Canes are 5-0-0 on home ice this season, while the Flyers are 3-1-1 on the road
Read below for the odds, game preview and NHL top pick for Friday’s matchup
The Carolina Hurricanes (10-1) return from a three-game road trip to host the Philadelphia Flyers (6-3-2) in Friday NHL action on November 12th. Puck drop is set for 7pm ET at PNC Arena.
Carolina is being listed as heavy home favorites over the Flyers on the NHL betting line. The Canes have won five straight games at PNC Arena, while the Flyers own a 3-1-1 road record.
Let’s take a look at the Flyers vs Hurricanes odds and provide you with the best bet for this Metropolitan Division clash.
Flyers vs Hurricanes Odds
O 5.5 (-120)
November 12th, 2021
U 5.5 (+100)
Odds as of November 11 at DraftKings.
Canes Undefeated at Home
Carolina brings a five-game home winning streak into their Friday night matchup with the Flyers. The Canes have beaten the Islanders, Leafs, Bruins, Blackhawks and Coyotes at PNC Arena this season. Rod Brind’Amour’s team has outscored opponents by a combined 21-7 total on home ice.
A perfect week at home pic.twitter.com/thRXrOCAFX
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) November 2, 2021
Carolina is coming off a three-game road trip in which they went 2-1-0 against Chicago, Tampa Bay and Florida. Their loss to the Panthers on Nov. 6th snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Canes. They came just one victory short of tying the NHL record for longest season-opening winning streak.
Carolina is allowing the fewest amount of goals in the NHL (1.91 GAA), while ranking third in offense (3.73 GF/GP). Forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho are producing at over a point-per-game clip, while goalie Freddie Andersen and has been a major standout in net with a .939 save percentage.
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Flyers Struggling to Score
Philadelphia brings a decent 3-1-1 road record into their Friday matchup with Carolina, but the offense is beginning to dry up. The Flyers have been held to two or fewer goals in three straight games, including a 3-0 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Alain Vigneault’s team mustered only five high-dangers chances in the game.
Final. #TORvsPHI | @WellsFargo pic.twitter.com/WejkdHPiYd
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 11, 2021
The good news for the Flyers is goalie Carter Hart is having an excellent bounce-back season. The young netminder turned away 30 of 33 shots against Toronto and owns a .924 save percentage on the season.
He’s the projected starting goalie in Friday’s NHL odds and will duel Carolina’s Freddie Andersen.
Flyers vs Hurricanes Projected Starting Goalies
Philadelphia’s offense has gone quiet for the time being, but they certainly aren’t lacking firepower. The Flyers have three strong scoring lines anchored by centers Sean Coutier, Derick Brassard and Scott Laughton.
Cam Atkinson (6G) has been a great addition to the top-six, while blueliner Ryan Ellis is nearing a return from injury.
Flyers vs Hurricanes Top NHL Pick
The Flyers’ goal-scoring issues are reason to tread lightly with them as road underdogs in the NHL odds. They’re certainly capable of breaking out sometime soon, but it’s unlikely to come against an elite defensive team. The Canes have surrendered more than three goals just once all season.
Defense pairs for tonight@Canes | #LetsGoCanes pic.twitter.com/PuxeV2u78A
— Bally Sports: Canes (@CanesOnBally) November 6, 2021
Taking a look at the recent history between Philadelphia and Carolina, we can see that the Flyers have taken three of the past four meetings in the series. Those Carolina teams weren’t as strong defensively as the 2021-22 team, however, and they also didn’t feature a goalie playing as well as Andersen.
Flyers vs Hurricanes Recent Results
PHI 4 – CAR 1
CAR 5 – PHI 4 OT
CAR 3 – PHI 5
PHI 4 – CAR 1
PHI 3 – CAR 4
You have to go back to 2019 for the last time the Flyers beat the Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Not only is Carolina undefeated at home this season, but they also went an impressive 20-3-5 at PNC Arena last season. Simply put, it’s very hard to knock off this Carolina powerhouse in their own barn.
The Flyers rank second-last in the NHL in high-danger chances and will struggle to create offense vs this stout Carolina defense. On the flip side, the Canes’ high-powered offense will exploit a Philadelphia defense still missing one of it’s key pieces.
Sebastian Aho, in particular, has seven goals in 17 career games vs Philadelphia and should be a difference maker Friday.
Pick: Carolina Hurricanes ML (-185)