Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers 11/28/23 – The streaking Carolina Hurricanes (12-8-0) take on the Philadelphia Flyers (11-9-1) on Tuesday night. This Metropolitan Division matchup features an intriguing goaltender showdown between the Hurricanes’ Antti Raanta and the Flyers’ Carter Hart. Which netminder will lead their club to victory? Here’s a preview and NHL predictions for tonight’s contest.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers 11/28/23
When: Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers 11/28/23 Betting Odds:
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Goaltender Antti Raanta vs. Goaltender Carter Hart
Antti Raanta as the Hurricanes’ starting netminder has compiled a 6-3 record along with a .854 save percentage and 3.47 goals against average. The 33-year-old Finnish goaltender uses his quick lateral mobility and precise positioning to take away shooting lanes and smother dangerous chances. Though slightly undersized for the modern NHL goalie at 6’0″, Raanta boasts excellent reflexes and a veteran’s read of the game. His glove hand can be especially difficult to beat when he’s locked in. However, Raanta faces a tough test from a Flyers offense averaging over 3 goals per contest on home ice this season. Philadelphia’s team speed could exploit Raanta’s tendency to over-commit laterally at times. And the Flyers’ bigger forwards will challenge Raanta’s visibility in net.
Carter Hart instills stability between the pipes for the Flyers this year. Through 12 starts, the 23-year-old Canadian boasts a 6-5 record along with a .911 save percentage and 2.53 GAA. Hart plays a technically sound butterfly technique, using his 6’2″ frame and precise positioning to take away bottom portions of the net. His ability to control rebounds also limits second-chance opportunities. After a down year last season, Hart looks rejuvenated and more economy in his movements. Still, Hart must maintain focus against Carolina’s quick-strike offense, led by Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov. The Hurricanes punish mistakes, can beat goalies clean with speed and skill, and crash the net with authority. If Hart can track pucks cleanly through traffic and control the pace in his crease, he has the talent to steal this game.
Flyers Must Control Possession
While the Flyers own home ice advantage, they have struggled recently in their own building. Over their last 7 home games, Philadelphia ranks bottom-5 in Corsi For percentage and scoring chance differential at 5-on-5. They simply aren’t dictating play enough on home ice. Against Carolina’s swift group, led by Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov, the Flyers must limit mistakes and control possession more effectively. Otherwise, the opportunistic Hurricanes will make them pay.
Canes Dominant on Special Teams
Bolstered by Raanta’s steady presence in goal, the Hurricanes boast the league’s 7th-best penalty killing unit. Carolina only allows power play goals on 16.9% of chances. And the Canes’ own power play clicks at nearly 30% over the past month. Considering Philadelphia takes the 6th-most minor penalties per game, Carolina’s special teams pose a sizable threat. The Flyers must stay disciplined to have a chance tonight.
NHL Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -158, Over/Under: 6
The current betting odds favor the Hurricanes, reflecting their strong season performance. The over/under set at 6 goals indicates expectations of a moderately high-scoring game, aligning with both teams’ offensive capabilities.
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Trends
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Carolina’s last 14 games.
Carolina are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games.
Carolina are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games against Philadelphia.
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Carolina’s last 19 games on the road.
Carolina are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference conference.
Philadelphia Flyers Betting Trends
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia’s last 11 games.
Philadelphia are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games.
Flyers are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games at home.
Philadelphia are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Carolina.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference conference.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games against an opponent in the Metropolitan Division division.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Picks
In a tight matchup between Raanta and Hart, give the edge to Carolina’s special teams play and puck possession ability to overwhelm Philadelphia on home ice. We predict the red-hot Sebastian Aho stays hot and leads the Canes to a 3-1 road victory, beating the puck line. Top betting websites have the Hurricanes covering -1.5.
Score Prediction: Hurricanes 3, Flyers 1.