Two of the NHL’s best clash on Thursday night when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Colorado Avalanche in Raleigh. North Carolina sports betting is not yet available, but residents can view sportsbook promos to learn about welcome offers that will be available when it launches soon.
The Avalanche have 68 points, tied for first place with the Dallas Stars in the Central division of the Western Conference. Colorado is also the highest-scoring team in the NHL with 194 goals, nearly four per game.
The Hurricanes have 61 points, second to the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. Here are our Avalanche vs. Hurricanes predictions, odds, and props.
Betting News on Avalanche vs Hurricanes
The Canes are enjoying some home cooking against tough teams. This is the fourth of a season-high five-game homestand. They won the first two games, topping the New Jersey Devils 3-2 and the Arizona Coyotes 3-1.
Game 3 was a heartbreaker on Tuesday night, as Carolina fell 3-2 to the Vancouver Canucks. Former Hurricane Elias Lindholm, acquired last week from the Calgary Flames, notched two power-play goals for Vancouver.
All teams have winning records.
It’s challenging to gain moneyline value on Carolina, as it paid -155 against New Jersey and -226 against Arizona. This is heavy juice and reflects how well Carolina has been playing.
Gamblers could not feel confident about the puck line in recent games. Carolina beat New Jersey by one goal and needed the game’s final minute to snap a 1-1 tie against Arizona.
An unlikely two-goal full-strength package of goals by Dmitry Orlov with 36 seconds left, and Jesper Fast with 23 ticks remaining, provided the puck-line triumph.
Carolina is 28-16-2 ML, 19-23 ATS and 21-21 on the Over-Under. The Under rides a four-game win streak.
The Avs are also undergoing a challenging scheduling demand to start the second half. They are 0-2 despite applying heavy offensive pressure.
Colorado lost 2-1 in overtime to the New York Rangers on Monday night despite firing 33 pucks on net.
They followed with a 5-3 regulation loss to the New Jersey Devils after notching 38 shots on goal. The Devils notched the game-winning goal with 2:17 remaining and added an empty net tally.
But not all was lost. The empty-netter made a winner of the Over 7.
Cale Makar notched six shots on goal, and Miko Rantanen scored the game’s first goal for Colorado, which remains a prolific offensive force.
The Avs are 32-15 on the moneyline. Colorado defeated Carolina 6-4 in October on its home ice.
Players the Bettors Will Watch
Sebastian Ahto leads with 17 goals and 54 points, respectively.
Goaltenders Pyotr Kochetkov and Antti Raanta have enjoyed behind a brick wall of defensive support.
Kochetkov entered the week with an 11-7 record. 2.58 GAA and an average of 21 saves per game.
Raanta was 12-7 with a 3.04 GGG with 18 saves per game. These numbers illustrate how few shots opponents gain from Carolina and why many of its contests have trended Under.
The team’s last 18 games have produced a projected total of 6 or 6.5. Thus, despite Carolina’s defensive excellence, game totals carry offensive expectations. That’s why Under bettors have been feasting.
Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen are a reliable pair for anytime score bettors.
MacKinnon has 32 goals and 53 assists. His 85 points tie him for first in the NHL with Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Rantanen has 28 goals. He tallied first in Colorado’s last game. That prop always pays well.
Hurricanes vs Avalanche Predictions
This is a strong defense against an excellent offense. The Under 6.5 (Best Live Odds: ) looks like a good play if that’s available. A lower total is not desirable.
Rantanen and MacKinnon as anytime goal scorers is a bet we like. Good luck!
How to Watch Hurricanes vs Avalanche
- When: Thursday, 7 p.m. ET.
- Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.
- Live Stream: ESPN+