Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals
|Date & Time||Saturday April 13, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Capital One Arena
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +128 / Washington Capitals -155 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in game two of the NHL first round at the Capital One Arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes hope to tie up the series before heading home for game three on Monday. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Andrei Svechnikov leads Carolina with two goals, Lucas Wallmark has two assists and Dougie Hamilton has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing four goals per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed three goals on 17 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 16 games.
The Washington Capitals look for another victory to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Washington Capitals are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with two goals, John Carlson has three assists and Lars Eller has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up two goals on 29 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog and 12-5 in their last 17 road games. The Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite, 12-3 in their last 15 games as a favorite and 149-71 in their last 220 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Washington and 8-21 in the last 29 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Hurricanes last 8 overall. The under is 5-1 in Capitals last 6 home games.
You could make a case that the Carolina Hurricanes are the better team than the Washington Capitals, but they've still lost eight of the last 10 meetings, so that's when that case kind of falls flat. The Capitals have won the last five meetings against the Hurricanes and are winning those games by an average of 1.8 goals. The Carolina Hurricanes have been great on the road lately and seemed to settle into game one late, which should provide a carryover and faster start to game two. Still, the history between these clubs is hard to ignore. I'll take the Capitals and the reasonable price.