Raise your hand if you had the Carolina Hurricanes in a playoff spot this late in the season… no, you didn’t? Nobody did. Believe or not if the post season started today, the “Bunch of Jerks” would be in a playoff position. Currently the Canes are in a log jam with 79 points and have over-achieved this season. Can they continue their winning ways against the Jets on Thursday night?
Jets vs Hurricanes Betting Analysis
This is the second and final regular season match-up of the year for these two teams. Back on October 14 in Winnipeg, the Jets knocked off the Hurricanes 3-1.
Head-to-head the home team in this series is 5-1 in the last six games played, and the Jets are 4-1 against the Hurricanes in the last five games. The Jets have also played well against the Metropolitan division this season going 10-3 in 13 games. The Hurricanes have a respectable 7-3 record against the Central division.
Of note, the under has had a major run as of late, hitting in six straight games when these two teams have played in Carolina.
Like most NHL teams have this season, the Jets are coming off a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. With the game tied at 1, the Bolts broke away with four unanswered goals in a 5-2 win.
Despite the loss, Captain Blake Wheeler continued his point scoring streak which now stands at seven games (six goals, seven assists), and has scored a goal in three consecutive games. Wheeler recently reached a franchise milestone as he hit the 80-point mark while skating in his 65th game this season. Only one player in Jets/Thrashers franchise history has reached that benchmark in fewer games (Ilya Kovalchuk in 2005-06).
Of note, centre Adam Lowry is eligible to return to the line-up for this game after serving a two-game suspension.
The Hurricanes are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, but coming off an overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Over those last 10 games the team has allowed just 17 goals against.
Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney, two journeymen goaltenders, have held the fort in check for the Hurricanes. The pair have virtually split the duties all season long and have combined for the sixth best goals against average (team) in the NHL, averaging 2.7 goals against per game. Team defence has helped them quite a bit; with the Canes giving up a league best 28.2 shots against so far through 66 games this season.
Since the arrival of Nino Niederreiter (18 goals, 24 assists) from the Wild (via trade) the Hurricanes top line has been very good. He’s fit in perfectly with Justin Williams (19 goals, 24 assists) and Sebastian Aho (29 goals, 46 assists), who is quickly becoming one of the great point producers in the NHL. Don’t be surprised to see Aho crack the top ten in scoring this season.
No one is quite sure if the Hurricanes will qualify for the post season, but if they do, they will definitely have to earn it. Of the 16 games remaining on their schedule, 11 of the games are against current playoff teams including games against the Jets, Lightning, and two against the Penguins and Capitals.