Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Monday April 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Carolina Hurricanes -118 / Washington Capitals -103 -- O/U: 6
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The Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in game three of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup in NHL action from the PNC Arena on Monday night.
The Washington Capitals will look to push ahead after taking a 2-0 series lead with a 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes in game two at home on Saturday night.
Nicklas Backstrom opened the scoring just 3:37 into the game and T.J. Oshie would double Washington’s lead just before the midway point of the opening period. Lucas Wallmark would pull a goal back to cut the deficit to 2-1 after 20 minutes of play.
Sebastian Aho tied the game at two late in the 2nd period with the lone goal of the middle frame but Tom Wilson would restore Washington’s lead just before the halfway point of the 3rd period. Jordan Staal would tie the game at three with five minutes to go, and nothing would change down the stretch, so it was off to overtime where Brooks Orpik ended the game for Washington just 1:48 into the extra period to send Washington to a 2-0 series lead.
Braden Holtby got the win for the Capitals between the pipes to improve to 2-0-0 after stopping 25 of 28 shots faced in the winning effort. Petr Mrazek took the loss for the Hurricanes to fall to 0-2-0 after allowing all 4 goals on 33 shots in the defeat.
Washington is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall and 7-3 in their last 10 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Carolina is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 21-10 in their last 31 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Washington is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Carolina.
The ‘Canes getting a line like this at home suggests that Carolina will bounce back and take game 3 to make this one interesting. However, while Carolina has been a tough out at home, and have a solid crowd behind them, the fact is that winning at the PNC Arena hasn’t been tough for Washington who have left with the win in each of their last 5 trips to Carolina. The Capitals have simply been the better team in the first two games and I don’t think that changes here and the fact that we are getting near even money makes it even better. Give me Washington here.