Money Line Pick
The Carolina Hurricanes will be in the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference this season. They enter this game with a record of 29-18-3 and 61 points, which puts them in 5th place in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes are currently riding a two-game winning streak, which includes a 4-1 home win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, and they will look to extend their winning streak when they host the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights are starting to fade this season and could miss the playoffs for the first time in their three-year existence. They are currently in 5th place in the Pacific Division with a record of 25-20-7 and 57 points. Vegas has struggled over their last seven games, going 1-5-1 in that stretch, which includes their current two-game losing streak. I look for the Hurricanes to come away with the win in this game, given the struggles Vegas has had lately.
Over Under Pick
The Golden Knights are slightly below the league average in terms of goals per game. They enter this one averaging 3.10 goals per game, which ranks 16th in the NHL. The Golden Knights are also right around the league average in goals allowed per game with 3.06, which is 15th in the league. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are an above-average team offensively this season, ranking 12th in goals per game with 3.18. However, they are more impressive defensively this season, as they are allowing the 3rd-fewest goals per game with 2.64. The total in this game could go either way, which is why I am only recommending a small play on the under 5.5 goals.