Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals - 12/28/19 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes
Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Pnc Arena)
Carolina Hurricanes -1.0 (+176)
The Washington Capitals go to Raleigh, North Carolina, to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at the PNC Arena. The Capitals have to deal with back to back games, playing Columbus on Friday before going against Carolina on Saturday. The Washington Capitals are coming off of a massive loss to the Boston Bruins, falling to the Bruins 7-3 as the Bruins exposed the Capitals. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak that the Capitals were on where they defeated the New Jersey Devils and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Capitals are 26-7-5 on the season, and on the top of the Metropolitan Division as one of the best, if not the best team in the NHL. The Capitals have already played the Blue Jackets twice this season and oddly lost both games despite being a much better team.
The Hurricanes will be playing back to back games as well, as Carolina takes on the New York Rangers on Friday and Washington on Saturday. The Hurricanes are on a two-game losing streak, last falling to the Toronto Maple Leafs in an incredible offensive game. The Hurricanes managed to score six goals, but giving up eight goals to the Maple Leafs saw the Hurricanes start a losing streak.
The Hurricanes are 23-13-2 on the season due to having one of the most balanced teams in the NHL. The Hurricanes find themselves in the top ten in both offense and defense, and while they don’t do anything better than all teams in the NHL, they are consistent in what they are good at.
Washington is 21-17 ATS this season
Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
Carolina is 17-20 ATS this season
Hurricanes are 13-4 in their last 17 games playing on 0 days rest.
The Washington Capitals have more firepower and more elite players, but the Hurricanes do not do much wrong. It will be interesting to see if the Capitals take risks to try to get back to their winning ways. Washington typically does not struggle to be on the road as the Capitals are 16-5 in their last 21 road games. I think Washington gets back to their winning ways and gets a close victory. Final Score Prediction, Washington Capitals win 4-3.