Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Thursday April 18, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Line: Washington Capitals +100 / Carolina Hurricanes -120 -- Over/Under: 6
The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes meet Thursday in game four of the NHL first round at the PNC Arena.
The Washington Capitals look for a big road victory here to take complete control of this series and go up 3-1. The Washington Capitals are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with three goals, John Carlson has three assists and Alex Ovechkin has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 10 goals on 102 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Carolina Hurricanes look to keep the trend alive of the home team winning every game in this series. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Andrei Svechnikov leads Carolina with two goals, Jaccob Slavin has four assists and Dougie Hamilton has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed seven goals on 68 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Capitals are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog, 11-4 in their last 15 playoff games as an underdog and 39-17 in their last 56 games playing on 2 days rest. The Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite, 10-3 in their last 13 playoff games as a favorite and 22-7 in their last 29 games as a favorite. The Capitals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina and 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Capitals last 8 overall. The under is 6-2 in Hurricanes last 8 overall.
The home team has won five of the last six meetings between the Capitals and Hurricanes, including all three games in this playoff series. The Capitals have playoff pedigree and are always tempting in the underdog role, but they're only 8-8 as an underdog in their last 16 games and have been badly outshot in two of the three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have won 14 of their last 19 games as a home favorite and absolutely dominated their game tree victory. I like the Carolina Hurricanes to tie this series up at 2-2, heading into a crucial game five in Washington on Saturday.