Washington Capitals (10-10-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (8-13-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 4, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +104 / Washington Capitals -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes play Thursday at the PNC Arena.
The Washington Capitals have lost four of their last five games and begin a three-game road trip. The Capitals are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have scored a power play goal in four of their last five games and have won five of their last six games overall when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 12 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 20 assists and Marcus Johansson has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games. Braden Holtby has allowed 44 goals on 482 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.
The Carolina Hurricanes have lost four of their last seven games and are falling back to the bottom of their division. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have scored four power play goals in their last three games and have won seven of their last nine games overall when scoring three or more goals. Jiri Tlusty leads Carolina with 10 goals, Justin Faulk has 12 assists and Jeff Skinner has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a pp goal in five straight games. Cam Ward has allowed 42 goals on 475 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 21 goals on 209 shots.
The Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win. The Capitals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Carolina and the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Capitals have had success playing in Carolina and the Hurricanes are back in one of those losing stretches. I'll take the more explosive Capitals on the road for the cheap price.