*10* SUPER POWER ~ WON 5 STRAIGHT + 6-2 L8 NHL!
Vancouver vs. Carolina,
02/02/2020 14:00 EDT,
Score: 3 - 4
Money Line: -170 Carolina
10* Carolina (2:05 ET): For the benefit of those who may not be paying attention, I’ll let you in on the fact that the NHL’s Eastern Conference is much stronger (and deeper) than the Western Conference this season. Out West, there are only seven clubs sporting positive goal differentials. In the East, there are 12, including seven alone from the Metropolitan Division where Carolina hails and is currently in sixth place. The Hurricanes have a +26 goal differential YTD, which is sixth best in the entire league, yet would NOT be a playoff team as of the current standings.
Vancouver comes into Sunday leading the Pacific Division with 64 points. That’s only three more points than Carolina has. The Canucks have a +17 goal differential and are on a five-game win streak after beating the Islanders yday 4-3. That game went into OT, making this a tougher than usual back to back plus it’s an afternoon game. The Canucks were outshot by the Isles 37-24 (17-5 in third period), so they should consider themselves fortunate to have won.
Carolina is not only more rested than Vancouver here, but likely more motivated based on where they are in the standings. ‘Canes HC Rod Brind’Amour ripped the effort of his team in a 4-3 home loss to Vegas on Friday, the only game that they have played since the All-Star Break. The Canucks will be playing their 4th game since the Break today. Carolina has revenge for a 1-0 loss in OT at Vancouver back in December. But they are 17-9-1 SU at home, averaging 3.4 goals per game (allowing only 2.5). The Canucks are only 13-13-1 SU on the road and giving up 3.4 gpg. 10* Carolina