Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Monday April 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Line: Washington Capitals -106 / Carolina Hurricanes -115 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes meet Monday in game six of the NHL first round at the PNC Arena.
The Washington Capitals look for their first road win of the series to advance to the second round. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 31.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with five goals, John Carlson has five assists and Alex Ovechkin has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 12 goals on 156 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 15 games.
The Carolina Hurricanes need a victory here if they’re going to force a game seven on Wednesday. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Warren Foegele leads Carolina with three goals, Jaccob Slavin has five assists and Justin Faulk has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 68.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 14 goals on 127 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 12 games.
The Capitals are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog, 11-5 in their last 16 playoff games as an underdog and 151-72 in their last 223 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite and 20-6 in their last 26 games as a favorite. The Capitals are 5-2 in the last 7 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 each of the last five meetings between the Capitals and Hurricanes, and seven of the last eight meetings overall. In fact, the five games this series, the home team is winning by an average of three goals. The Carolina Hurricanes have not only won their last four games as a home favorite, but 15 of their last 20, which dates back to mid-January. The Capitals have been the more consistent team this series and are fresh off a beatdown win, but I'm going to play the trend of the home teams and predict a game seven.