Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals - 1/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes

Friday, January 3, 2020 at 7:30 PM (PNC Arena)

CAR -125, O/U 6.5

The Washington Capitals head to Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday to face the Hurricanes in a matchup of two teams from the Metropolitan Division. In their last game, the Capitals were defeated by the New York Islanders by the score of 4-3.  The Capitals received goals from Tom Wilson and 2 goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov in the loss to the Islanders.  Braden Holtby recorded the loss in net for the Capitals he allowed 4 goals on 22 of the Islanders shots on the night.

With the loss against the Islanders, the Capitals are now 27-9-5 on the season, good enough for 1st place in the Metropolitan Division.  Washington is led in points by John Carlson who has recorded 50 points on the season.  Carlson is also Washington’s leader in assists on the year as he has recorded 37 so far this season.  Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals in goals on the season with 24, with 9 coming while on the power play.  Goalie Braden Holtby is currently 17-7-4 on the season with a goals against average of 2.99. Backup goalie Ilya Samsonov has recorded a record of 10-2-1 on the year in net with a goals against average of 2.28. Washington comes into Friday’s game with 5 players listed on their injury report as Michael Kempny, T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson, Christian Djoos and Nic Dowd are all listed as day to day.   

The Carolina Hurricanes welcome the Washington Capitals to town on Friday after winning their last game by the score of 6-4 against the Montreal Canadiens.  Carolina received goals from Sebastian Aho, Erik Haula and Ryan Dzingel.  Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek recorded the win in net as he made saves on 29 of the 30 Canadiens shots that he faced. 

After the win against Montreal, Carolina is now 24-14-2 on the year and are currently in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division.  Teuvo Teravainen leads Carolina in points with 40 so far this season.  Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes in goals with 23, with 5 coming while on the power play.  Teravainen also leads Carolina in assists on the season with 33, with 14 coming while on the power play.  Goalie Petr Mrazek is currently 16-8-2 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.67.  Backup goalie James Reimer is 8-6-0 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.69.  The Hurricanes enter Friday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Erik Haula is listed as day to day. 

The Washington Capitals have scored 3.49 goals per game on the year while allowing 2.93 goals per game.  The Carolina Hurricanes have scored 3.35 goals per game on the season while allowing 2.80 goals per game.  In their last 5 games, both teams are 2-3 as the Capitals have lost 2 games in a row while the Hurricanes have won 2 games in a row.  The Hurricanes have won both meetings between these two teams this season by the scores of 3-2 in overtime and 6-4.    The total has gone over in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games against Washington.  I am going to go with the Capitals in this one as I just don’t see a team as talented as Washington losing 3 straight games to a team this season.  Washington wins this one 4-3. 

Travis’s Pick Washington Capitals +105(ML)

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.