The Carolina Hurricanes host the Anaheim Ducks at the PNC Arena in our NHL free pick for Friday. The Hurricanes have lost two consecutive matches against the Capitals and Blue Jackets and will look to bounce back with a win tonight in front of their fans. On the other hand, the Ducks picked up a huge 4-2 win against the Predators last night and managed to break their four game winless streak. Before we get into our NHL free pick for tonight’s match, we would like to remind our readers that our NHL picks are now available for purchase. You can get all of today’s picks for only $5.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Anaheim Ducks
Friday, January 17 – 19:30 EST – PNC Arena
It has been a good season for the Hurricanes so far. They currently sit fourth on 56 points in the Metropolitan division standings alongside the Blue Jackets and the Flyers. Despite losing two consecutive matches, Carolina has good chances of coming out on top with a win tonight. The Hurricanes are 15-8-0 at home this season, and they have proven to be a tough team to beat night after night. Offensively, they are scoring 3.57 goals on average at the PNC Arena, ranking 8th in the league. Defensively, they are conceding an average of 2.61 goals per game, which is good enough for 6th in the league. Teuvo Teravainen currently leads the team in points with 44 in 47 games. Petr Mrazek (17-12-2, GAA: 2.64) is likely to start in goal.
On the other hand, the Ducks managed to earn an important win over the Predators last night, however they have a long way to go if they are to reach the playoffs this year. The Ducks have not enjoyed much success on the road this season, and as a result they hold a 7-15-2 record on their travels. Offensively, they are scoring 2.30 goals on average away from home, ranking 29th in the league. The Ducks are also struggling defensively as they are conceding 3.61 goals per game, ranking 25th in the league. Ryan Getzlaf leads his team in points with 32 in 45 games. Ryan Miller (4-5-2, GAA: 3.20) is expected to start in goal.
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