Pittsburgh has defeated every single Eastern conference team this season, except for Carolina Hurricanes but the Penguins have the chance to make things right. Even without their inspirational captain, the visitors should prevail and hand the Hurricanes the eighth consecutive defeat in front of their fans.
Match: Carolina vs Pittsburgh
Odds: Unibet 2.05
Carolina is all but out of the playoffs race, trailing the eighth place team by nine points and there are no reasons to expect a late rebound. The team has lost 13 out of the last 14 games and was outshot both at home and away, with opponents scoring 51 goals during the stretch. Their head to head record with the Penguins makes no difference right now, and unless the hosts find a way of stepping up their defensive efforts, they will extend their current losing streak to six in a row.
Pittsburgh is still playing without Sidney Crosby and James Neal is also unfit to play tonight, but they have enough talent upfront to make up for these two absentees. Evgeni Malkin is back and against a team that conceded an average of five goals per game in the last five rounds, he will surely have several opportunities to score. Chris Kunitz will play right beside him and this is one of the players to watch for tonight, as he has an excellent track record against the Hurricanes.
Painful as it was to see their 15 games winning streak snapped by Buffalo, the Penguins rebounded quickly and have become the first team in the Eastern conference to secure a playoff spot. Unibet credits them with odds that are slightly about evens for defeating Carolina in regulation time and the fact that they play away from home shouldn’t be a deterrent for punters.