NHL Betting: Should You Back the Blackhawks In Jeremy Colliton’s Debut?

Nov 08, 2018 12:00 AM EST

Patrick Gorski, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Brent Seabrook

Betting odds: Carolina Hurricanes at Chicago Blackhawks

  • Hurricanes moneyline: -105
  • Blackhawks moneyline: -115
  • Over/Under: 6 (+105/-125)
  • Puck drop: 8:30 p.m. ET

>> All odds as of 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Download The Action Network App to get real-time NHL odds and track your bets

This is a weird one. This will be Chicago’s first game since Joel Quenneville was fired. The Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups under Coach Q in six seasons, from 2009-15. They had won three Cups in their previous 82 seasons before that, so he’s kind of a big deal.

New head coach Jeremy Colliton — a 33-year-old former New York Islander — will cut his teeth against the Carolina Hurricanes at the United Center on Thursday night.

It is always really hard to bet against Carolina, but the Hurricanes really don’t make it easy to bet on them, either. Their peripheral numbers are elite. Their actual record is far from it.

The ‘Canes lead the NHL with a 60.3 Corsi For (CF%) and generate more high-danger scoring chances (15.9) per 60 minutes at 5v5 than any other team in the NHL.

Things check out defensively, too. The Hurricanes allow the second-fewest shot attempts per 60 minutes and fifth-fewest expected goals per 60 in the NHL.

Despite their strong advanced numbers, Carolina boasts a pedestrian 6-7-2 record and has gone 2-7-1 in their last 10 games. What gives?

The problem is that Carolina is shooting a meager 5.81% at 5v5. That is the second-lowest mark in the NHL. Blend that with mediocre goaltending and you get an idea why the Hurricanes aren’t seeing tangible results lately.

What does all this mean for their Thursday date with the Blackhawks?



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