NHL Playoffs Betting Preview: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals – Wednesday, April 24, 2019

by Apr 23, 2019NHL

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, District of Columbia

When: Wednesday April 24th at 7:30 PM ET

Money Line: Washington -155

Total: 5.5

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BookMaker has the Washington Capitals listed as -155 money line favorites over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Washington Capitals enter this game with a record of 51-29-8 and have lost three of their last five games including a game six loss on Monday by a score of 2-5.

The Carolina Hurricanes enter this game with a record of 49-31-8 and have won three of the last five games in the series after being down 0-2 to begin the series. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes are 49-31-8 overall and 22-18-4 on the road.  After being down 0-2 to start the series the Hurricanes have won three of the last four games and will now try to advance with a game seven win on the road against the Capitals. Carolina is 49-31-8 overall, 22-18-4 on the road and 9-14-4 as an underdog.

Warren Foegele, Dougie Hamilton and Jaccob Slavin are tied for the team lead in points with 6 apiece. Jaccob Slavin leads the team in assists with 6. Warren Foegele leads the team in goals with 4. Petr Mrazek is 3-3 with a .895 save % and is allowing 2.67 goals per game in the playoffs.

Carolina is averaging 2.98 goals per game which ranks 16th in the NHL. They are averaging 34.24 shots per game which ranks 2nd in the NHL. They are averaging 0.53 power play goals per game which ranks 21st in the NHL. They are averaging 3.08 power-play chances per game which ranks 7th in the NHL.

The Hurricanes are allowing 2.73 goals per game which ranks 7th in the NHL.

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Washington Capitals

The Capitals 51-29-8 overall and 27-11-6 at home.  Washington are the defending Stanley Cup Champions are will be looking to advance with a win in game seven of this series at home. Washington is 51-29-8 overall, 27-11-6 at home and 41-18-6 as a favorite.

Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are tied for the team lead in points with 8 apiece. John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov are tied with the team lead in assists with 5 apiece. Nicklas Backstrom leads the team in goals with 5. Braden Holtby is 3-3 with a .916 save % and is allowing 2.68 goals per game in the playoffs.

Washington is averaging 3.35 goals per game which ranks 5th in the NHL. They are averaging 30.07 shots per game which ranks 23rd in the NHL. They are averaging 0.63 power play goals per game which is tied for 9th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.92 power play chances per game which is tied for 16th in the NHL.

The Capitals are allowing 3.02 goals per game which ranks 17th in the NHL.

Washington closes out the series with a win at home in game 7

The Washington Capitals are defending Stanley Cup Champions and now how to close out game 7s. Washington is 7-3 in their last seven match-ups with Carolina while outscoring the Hurricanes by an average of 3.30 to 2.60 in those games.

The Hurricanes are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Capitals while outscoring Carolina by an average of 3 to 2.33 in those contests. I look for the Capitals to close out the series in game seven at home with a win over Carolina. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.

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