Here are the NHL betting odds for tonight’s Colorado Avalanche versus Carolina Hurricanes game at PNC Arena for fans who bet on hockey at SBG online sportsbook:
Avalanche +1½ (-140) 5½ (+115) +205
Hurricanes -1½ (+120) 5½ (-135) -245
The Avalanche lost their fifth straight game – and 11th straight road game – on Thursday, 0-2 to the Buffalo Sabres. Colorado was down 0-1 48 seconds into the second period with a power-play goal. The Sabres made it 2-0 with 4:14 left in the third period. Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard made 30 saves and kept his team within one goal with 11:10 to go, making a diving stop on a 2-on-1 rush. Pickard also stopped five shots on the power plays. The Avalanche had five shots in the first 2:11 at KeyBank Center, but back-to-back fouls drained the team of momentum and allowed the Sabres to control the rest of the period. Colorado was penalized again late in the first period, and Buffalo capitalized on the power play early in the second. The Avs didn’t take another penalty for the remainder of the game, but it was too little too late. Colorado has only won twice this season when trailing at the beginning of the third period. For fans who bet on hockey, the Avalanche is 1-5 against the NHL betting spread in the last six games on the road and 0-5 SU in the last five games when playing on the road against the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes have lost two in a row, most recently 2-5 to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Carolina was behind 0-3 in the first period after Jaccob Slavin lost the puck to Esa Lindell, who scored 51 seconds into the game on a 2-on-1. Patrick Eaves and Curtis McKenzie scored goals 22 seconds apart. Sebastian Aho scored 5:06 into the second period after a pass from Elias Lindholm to make it 3-1. Eaves scored a second goal at 17:09 of the second period on the power play to make it 4-1. Justin Falk pulled the Hurricanes within 4-2 at 5:13 of the third period. However, Adam Cracknell scored from behind the net at 10:19 of the third period to put the final numbers on the scoreboard. Cam Ward made 22 saves for the Hurricanes. Carolina pulled within two goals twice, but that’s as near as they got to a comeback. Eaves and Adam Cracknell replied to each respective Canes’ goal to put the Stars back ahead by three scores. The Hurricanes were on a bye this week to start a five-game homestand; Carolina came back re-energized following the all star break and won three straight games – they had lost five games prior to the mid-season break. Could that be the case again? The rest was surely well received; Ward has played in 45 of the Carolina’s 53 games and the fatigue was beginning to show. For fans who bet on hockey, the Hurricanes are 4-8 against the NHL betting spread in the last 12 games at home and 5-0 SU in the last five games when playing at home against the Avalanche.