Capitals vs. Hurricanes - 3/15/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (31-26-12) at Washington Capitals (49-14-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals / Carolina Hurricanes --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, CSNB
The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals square off Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use a win after losing seven of their last 12 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 25 goals, Jordan Staal has 23 assists and Victor Rask has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 106 goals on 1,136 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 69 goals on 709 shots. Ward has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Washington Capitals look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 41 goals, T.J. Oshie has 22 assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 119 goals on 1,520 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 33 goals on 441 shots. Holtby has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Hurricanes are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 6-0 in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Capitals are 49-19 in their last 68 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Hurricanes are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.
The Hurricanes continue to slump, especially on the road. Meanwhile, the Capitals remain the best team in hockey and don't lose often at all on their home ice. Washington should keep the puck rolling here.