NHL Playoffs Betting Preview: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals – Saturday, April 20, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
When: Saturday April 20th at 8:00 PM ET
Money Line: Washington -140
BetDSI has the Washington Capitals listed as -140 money line favorites over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Washington Capitals enter this game with a record of 50-28-8 and have lost three of their last five games including the last two games of the series on the road.
The Carolina Hurricanes enter this game with a record of 48-30-8 and have won three of their last five games including games three and four of the series at home. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes are 48-30-8 overall and 22-17-4 on the road. The Carolina Hurricanes will look to take advantage of the momentum they built at home and carry it over on the road against the Capitals in hopes of going up 3-2 in the series. Carolina is 48-30-8 overall, 22-17-4 on the road and 9-13-4 as an underdog this season.
Warren Foegele and Jacob Alavin are tied for the team lead in points with 5. Jacob Slavin leads the team in assists with 5. Warren Foegele leads the team in goals with 3. Petr Mrazek is 2-2 with a .919 save % and is allowing 2 goals per game in the playoffs.
Carolina is averaging 2.99 goals per game which ranks 16th in the NHL. They are averaging 34.27 shots per game which ranks 1st in the NHL. They are averaging 0.55 power play goals per game which is tied for 18th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.05 power play chances per game which is tied for 9th in the NHL.
The Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game which ranks 5th in the NHL.
The Capitals are 50-28-8 overall and 26-11-6 at home. The Washington Capitals won the first two games at home in the series and will be looking to win the pivotal game five match-ups in the series at home. Washington is 50-28-8 overall, 26-11-6 at home and 40-18-6 as a favorite.
Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are tied for the team lead in points with 4 apiece. Nicklas Backstrom leads the team in goals with 3. John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetosv are tied for the team lead in assists with 3 apiece. Braden Holtby is 2-2 with a .905 save % and is allowing 3 goals per game in the playoffs.
Washington is averaging 3.34 goals per game which ranks 5th in the NHL. They are averaging 30.15 shots per game which ranks 23rd in the NHL. They are averaging 0.6 power play goals per game which is tied for 10th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.92 power play chances per game which ranks 16th in the NHL.
The Capitals are allowing 3.03 goals per game which ranks 17th in the NHL.
Washington gets the win at home to take the 3-2 advantage
The Washington Capitals are the reigning Stanley Cup champions and are built for another deep run in the playoffs this season. Washington is 7-3 in their last ten match-ups against Carolina while outscoring the Hurricanes by an average of 3 to 2.8 in those games.
The Hurricanes are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Capitals while outscoring Washington by an average of 3.33 to 1.67 in those contests. I look for Washington to get the win at home and take the 3-2 lead in the series. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.