Carolina Hurricanes (4-6-2) at Washington Capitals (5-5-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 8, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -165 / Carolina Hurricanes +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals play Saturday night at the Verizon Center.
Don’t look now, but the The Carolina Hurricanes have won four straight games after starting the season with eight straight losses. The difference for the Hurricanes has been an improved offense, as they’ve scored 13 goals in their last four games and have three power play goals during that stretch. This was a Carolina team that was held to one or less goals in four of its last five losses. Jiri Tlusty leads the Hurricanes with six goals, Riley Nash has five assists and Justin Faulk has 33 shots on goal. The Carolina Hurricanes have won eight of their last 12 games when scoring at least three goals. Defensively, Anton Khudobin has allowed 13 goals on 119 shots and Cam Ward has given up 22 goals on 207 shots faced. The Hurricanes have allowed two power play goals in their last 13 killing attempts.
The Washington Capitals snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. The Capitals have been absolutely brutal defensively, allowing 23 goals in their last six games. The Washington Capitals have allowed at least one power play goal in seven of their last nine games and have lost seven straight games when allowing at least three goals overall. Justin Peters has allowed 12 goals on 100 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 24 goals on 242 shots faced. Offense is what has kept the Capitals in games throughout the season, as Joel Ward has seven goals, Alex Ovechkin has seven assists and John Carlson has 33 shots on goal. The Capitals have scored at least one power play goal in four of their last five games.
The Hurricanes are 18-39 in their last 57 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Capitals are 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 9-2 in their last 11 Saturday games. The Hurricanes are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington, while the road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings overall.
We might as well back the Hurricanes and the plus money while they continue to remain hot. Besides, I just can't trust a team that gives up a truckload of games each and every game. Give me Carolina for the value.