Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Thursday March 28, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Carolina Hurricanes -112 / Washington Capitals -104
The Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in the second half of a home-and-home series from the PNC Arena in NHL action on Thursday.
The Washington Capitals will look to build on back-to-back wins while Carolina will look to bounce back after Washington emerged victorious with a 4-1 win over Carolina on Tuesday night.
T.J. Oshie opened the scoring, giving Washington a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play before Dougie Hamilton tied the game at one with the lone goal of the second period for the Hurricanes.
We went to the 3rd period deadlocked, before Alex Ovechkin scored his 49th goal of the season just 4:31 into the 3rd period. John Carlson pushed the lead to 3-1 and Nicklas Backstrom added an empty-netter to seal the deal for the Capitals in the winning effort while sending Carolina home empty-handed.
Braden Holtby got the win between the pipes for the Caps, improving to 29-19-5 with the win after stopping 27 of 28 shots in the winning effort while Petr Mrazek took the loss on the other end, falling to 20-14-3 after allowing 3 goals on 27 shots faced in the losing effort.
Washington is 11-4 in their last 15 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 road games while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 division games. Carolina is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 17-7 in their last 24 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Washington is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Carolina.
The plus money with Washington is tempting considering that the Capitals have pushed their way to the top of the division and could use a couple of wins to not only lock up the division, but maybe build some momentum heading into the playoffs. However, it’s hard to beat the same team in a matter of a couple of days and even though the Caps have had most of the recent success between the two, it’s Carolina who are still in a dogfight for the wild card spot. I think this game means more to Carolina than it does Washington, so I’ll lay the juice with the Hurricanes in this spot.