The Florida Panthers will be facing off against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina for the opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals. The game is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT and FANDUEL Sportsbook NHL Lines have the Hurricanes as the favorite at -142, while the Panthers are at +121. The Over/Under line is set at 5.5.
The Hurricanes have finished the regular season with a 52-21-9 record and are the leaders of the Metropolitan Area. They have won 6-4 against the Panthers during their last regular season game on April 13. Carolina has an impressive record of 33-11-3 at home and will be looking forward to this matchup.
Meanwhile, the Panthers have a record of 42-32-8 and are fourth in the Atlantic division. They hold the highest number of total penalties among NHL teams with 389. The upcoming game marks the fourth time these two teams will meet this season.
Top performers for the Hurricanes include Sebastian Ajo, who has racked up 36 goals and 32 assists. Jesper Fast has five goals and three assists in his last 10 games. In comparison, Carter Verhege has 42 goals and 31 assists for the Panthers, and Matthew Tkachuk has four goals and nine assists in his last 10 games.
In terms of their last 10 games, the Hurricanes have won seven and lost three, while the Panthers have also won seven and lost three. The Hurricanes are currently averaging 3.8 goals, 5.5 assists, 3.5 penalties, and conceding 2.6 points per game. The Panthers, on the other hand, are averaging 3.3 goals, 5.7 assists, 4.7 penalties, and allowing 3 goals per game.
The Hurricanes have been dealing with several injury setbacks, as Ondrej Keith, Jake Gardiner, Max Pacioletti, and Teubo Teraveinen are out of the game due to various reasons. Meanwhile, Andrej Svechnikov is out for the entire season with a knee injury. For the Panthers, Ryan Romberg and Patrick Hornqvist are out due to upper body and concussion issues, respectively.
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