Capitals vs. Hurricanes Prediction
The Washington Capitals took care of business at home to take a 2-0 series lead over the Carolina Hurricanes. Can Washington continue its winning ways tonight when it goes on the road for Game 3 at Carolina?
Monday, April 15, 2019
PNC Arena at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Hurricanes are a -130 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Capitals are a +110 underdog, while the total is set at 6 goals. As of Monday morning, 73 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Washington. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Capitals prevail in overtime
Washington earned a 4-3 overtime victory Saturday afternoon at home versus Carolina in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Brooks Orpik scored the game-winning goal 1:48 into OT off assists by Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie. The Capitals got the game rolling in positive fashion as Nicklas Backstrom put the hosts on the board 3:37 in off assists from Alex Ovechkin and Dmitry Orlov. Oshie made it 2-0 at the 10:34 mark of the first period with assists going to Kuznetsov and Matt Niskanen. The Hurricanes scored later in the first period and again in the second to tie it up through 40 minutes. Tom Wilson gave Washington the lead back at 3-2 with 11:05 remaining on a goal assisted by Ovechkin and Backstrom. Carolina evened it back up with five minutes to go in regulation before the Capitals won it in OT.
Hurricanes unable to secure win
Carolina fell behind 2-0 in its first postseason series in a decade Saturday with a 4-3 overtime loss at Washington. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, the Hurricanes cut the deficit in half with a Lucas Wallmark goal with 4:06 left in the first period. Assists on the goal went to Jaccob Slavin and Warren Foegele. Sebastian Aho tied it at 2-2 with 3:11 left in the second period on a goal assisted by Justin Williams and Slavin. After Washington went back ahead in the third, a Jordan Staal power play goal with five minutes remaining evened it back up at 3-3. Assists on the Staal goal were courtesy of Dougie Hamilton and Andrei Svechnikov. Petr Mrazek surrendered four goals on 33 shots in the loss.
NHL Betting Trends
The Capitals are 6-0 in their last six conference quarterfinals games. Washington is 7-2 in its last nine games overall.
The Hurricanes are 17-35 in the last 52 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
Carolina nearly evened the series but gave up the quick overtime goal in Game 2. Now back home in front of a growing fan base that will be at a fever pitch tonight witnessing the first home playoff game in a decade, I think the Hurricanes have a great shot at evening the series. Washington didn't make life easy in the first round en route to the Stanley Cup championship a season ago. I wouldn't expect an easy road this year either.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: CAROLINA HURRICANES -130