Edmonton Oilers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Feb 16, 2020

Carolina Hurricanes, 2020

The Hurricanes are an excellent home team as they are 19-9-1 at PNC Arena. Coming into Sunday’s affair, they have won seven of their last nine at home.

Edmonton
37-25-7-2
AT
February 16, 2020, 4:00 PM ET
PNC Arena
Carolina
38-25-5
Puckline +1.5 -150
Moneyline +179
Over / Under o +6

42%

Betting Action

58%

Puckline -1.5 +125
Moneyline -215
Over / Under u +6

42%

Betting Action

58%

The Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes have each won three of their last four games heading into Sunday’s meeting. Both teams nearly have the same point total – the Hurricanes have 69 points while the Oilers have 68 – but they’re in very different places in the standings. The Hurricanes are sixth in their division while the Oilers are in second place. While the teams seem about equal, the Hurricanes find themselves as a massive favorite on Sunday. Is the betting line justified or is there value with the Oilers?

Oilers vs. Hurricanes Betting Analysis

The Hurricanes are an excellent home team as they are 19-9-1 at PNC Arena. Coming into Sunday’s affair, they have won seven of their last nine at home. The Hurricanes haven’t delivered as a big favorite this season as they’re just 5-4 when laying -200 or more.

It’s interesting to note that the Oilers are a +180 dog on Sunday, which about as big of an underdog as they’ve been at any point this season. The only time they faced longer odds was when they were a +190 dog at Boston. They’ve been a road dog of +170 or greater four times this season and have cashed every time.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers are a big underdog on Sunday for a couple of reasons. To start, they’re without star Connor McDavid, who is tied for second in the NHL for points. Between him and Leon Draisatl, they’ve been virtually all of Edmonton’s offense this season. Secondly, the Oilers are in a back-to-back situation after playing in Florida on Saturday night and are also playing their third game in four nights and their fourth game in six nights. The back-to-back situation is extra tricky here because the Oilers play at 4:00 PM ET on Sunday, so it’s a mid-afternoon start and not an evening game.

The Oilers will have Mike Smith back in net after Mikko Koskinen started on Saturday. The Oilers have won eight of his last 10 starts as he’s played really well of late. He has a healthy .914 save percentage since the All-Star break.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have played well of late as they enter Sunday’s game having won six of their last nine contests. Petr Mrazek is expected to be in net for Carolina and that’s a good thing. While he’s been fairly lousy on the road with a 4-8-2 record, a 3.23 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage, he’s been excellent at home with a 15-7-0 record, a 2.41 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The Hurricanes have won three of his last four home starts and he’s allowed just seven goals in those four contests. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise as Carolina is one of the league’s better home teams. Only three other teams have more wins at home than the 19 they’ve registered.

Carolina’s offense is on a roll right now as they’re currently fourth in the NHL in February in goals per game with 3.67. That’s in stark contrast to the 2.27 they scored in January, which ranked 28th. If they can keep their offense rolling, they’ll have a chance to make the playoffs and make some noise when they get there.

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