Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 24, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Capital One Arena
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +130 / Washington Capitals -155 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals meet Wednesday in game seven of the NHL first round at the Capital One Arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes look to be the first road team to win a game this series to advance to the next round. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Warren Foegele leads Carolina with four goals, Jaccob Slavin has six assists and Justin Faulk has 20 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 16 goals on 152 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Washington Capitals look to keep the trend of the home team winning every game while advancing to the second round. The Washington Capitals are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with five goals, John Carlson has five assists and Alex Ovechkin has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 16 goals on 191 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Hurricanes are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite, 16-5 in their last 21 games as a favorite and 7-3 in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Hurricanes are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 5-12 in the last 17 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Hurricanes last 7 overall. The under is 6-2 in Capitals last 8 overall.
The home team has won all six games this series and eight of the last nine games overall. The average margin of victory for the home teams this series is three goals. The Capitals have outscored the Hurricanes 14-5 in the previous three meetings in Washington. The Carolina Hurricanes have lost each of their last six games as a road underdog and 15 of their last 19 overall. The Washington Capitals have won 14 of their last 17 games as a home favorite. Home games aren't as important in game sevens as they are in the NBA, but it's meant everything when the Hurricanes and Capitals clash. It's tough to go against trends this strong. Give me the Caps to advance.