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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals - 1/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (24-13-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (18-13-7)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -116 / Washington Capitals +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNB, FSS

The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Washington Capitals look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 24 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 27 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 76 goals on 924 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 31 goals on 342 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in every game since December. 

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals - 1/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Carolina Hurricanes look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 12 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 20 assists and Sebastian Aho has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 71 goals on 684 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 35 goals on 423 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.

The Capitals are 3-7 in their last 10 road games, 23-9 in their last 32 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The Hurricanes are 6-0 in their last 6 home games, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Carolina, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Washington Capitals have been one of the better and consistent teams over the last month, but they have had serious issues when playing on the road. The Carolina Hurricanes finished the month of December very strong and haven't lost a home game since November 24. While plus money and the Capitals is always worth a look, I like the value of the hot Hurricanes on their home ice and the small price.

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