The Ottawa Senators will travel to face Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL after a three days break on Friday.
The Senators have had a season filled with inconsistencies and are currently placed in the bottom half of the table. Coming into the game with a 3-1 loss, the Senators will look to win this one to close to the mix in hopes of finishing league stages in the top four.
On the other hand, the Hurricanes have found the perfect formation, which has made them the title contenders. Beaten only once in their last ten games, they currently lead the Metropolitan Division with 84 points. The Hurricanes will try to benefit from their home ice to sustain their dominance in the division and the league in the second half of the season.
Senators vs. Hurricanes Odds
Ottawa vs. Carolina Match Details
Fixture: Ottawa Senators vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Date & Time: Friday, February 24, 2023, 7 p.m. EDT
Venue: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
Ottawa vs. Carolina Key Stats
The Senators have scored 170 goals, with different players coming together and making an impact. Led by Tim Stutzle with 26 goals and 33 assists, these players have contributed more than 80 percent of the team goals of the season. The latest addition to this is center Shane Pinto with five points this month while spending over 15 minutes on the ice, has done well to add more strength to the team.
But the defense has let the Senators down by conceding more than three goals per game. Looking for a better return, the team has tried different goaltenders, one being Mads Sogaard. He has played most games in February, with only nine goals conceded in four games at a save percentage of over 0.913, which has justified his place.
In comparison, the Hurricanes have scored 189 goals scored in 56 games this season. The Hurricans’offense led by Sebastian Aho with 25 goals, has ten players with ten and more goals on the list. The Hurricanes are going through a purple patch and look strong to keep it intact in the coming games too.
Their defense has further strengthened the team by conceding around 2.6 goals per game this season, with three goaltenders being party to the success. Especially goaltender Frederik Andersen, who has a save percentage of 0.922, has added three wins in four starts by conceding just around two goals in this period.
Senators vs. Hurricanes Betting Prediction
The Hurricanes have played well at home, with over 44 wins in their last 61 home games. They have also maintained consistency, winning 38 in 52 games following a win. The Hurricanes are scoring goals at will and coming into the game with a strong defense into the game, which is a big positive for them.
On the other hand, the Senators have lost more than 140 games in their last 200 away games, including 17 losses in 24 games in Carolina. Moreover, they have struggled while playing on a break of more than two days, which further adds to the negatives for the Sens.
Though with the Senators having won their last ten games and losing three with a margin of fewer than two goals, they can are likely to test the Hurricanes, who are on a dream run. Thus we should expect the game to stay close, but the Hurricanes have everything to stay ahead in this game and cover the spread.