Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals - 1/12/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (27-14-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (20-15-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CNSW, FSS
The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes meet Friday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The Washington Capitals look for a victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 27 goals, John Carlson has 29 assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 83 goals on 996 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 32 goals on 380 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 13 games.
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The Carolina Hurricanes look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 14 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 24 assists and Sebastian Aho has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 76 goals on 712 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 47 goals on 506 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in four of their last six games.
The Capitals are 37-16 in their last 53 Friday games, 47-20 in their last 67 vs. Eastern Conference and 16-5 in their last 21 overall. The Hurricanes are 6-1 in their last 7 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Carolina, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Hurricanes have had trouble stringing wins together as of late, and it's very tough to beat the same team in back to back nights, especially a team as talented and as consistent as the Washington Capitals. So, while the Hurricanes have been really good at home and have had problem winning on the end of a back to back, I'm going to side with the better overall team here and back Washington on the road.