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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals - 12/21/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (24-6-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (13-15-5)

NHL Hockey: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: Carolina Hurricanes / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CNSW, FSS

The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes square off Monday at the PNC Arena.

The Washington Capitals look to build on their impressive five-game winning streak. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 16 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 19 assists and T.J. Oshie has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 49 goals on 715 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 14 goals on 142 shots. Holtby has allowed seven goals in his last three games.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals - 12/21/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Carolina Hurricanes look for a nice victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 14 goals, Justin Faulk has 15 assists and Victor Rask has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 58 goals on 577 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 35 goals on 282 shots. Ward has allowed six goals in his last three games.

The Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 Monday games and 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest. The Hurricanes are 2-9 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 17-38 in their last 55 games following a win. The Capitals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.

The Washington Capitals continue to roll and have also had little trouble when playing on no days rest. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are really inconsistent and haven't had much success playing against the Capitals. I like Washington to win its sixth straight game.

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