Capitals vs. Hurricanes Free Pick

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(The Spread) - Will it be a low-scoring affair tonight between division foes Washington and Carolina?

WASHINGTON: The Capitals were heading for a third straight loss before rallying to beat the Ducks 5-4 in overtime. That put Washington’s record at 8-2 for the year as the over has now hit in six of the Capitals’ 10 games. Nicklas Backstrom leads the team with 14 points while Tomas Vokoun has collected seven wins and owns a 2.36 GAA.

CAROLINA: After losing three straight the Hurricanes came back on October 28 and defeated Chicago 3-0 before notching another loss the following night in 5-1 defeat to Philadelphia. Carolina’s most recent game, however, was a 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. That improved the Canes’ record to 5-4-2-1 on the season. Jeff Skinner has 12 points while Cam Ward has a team-high five wins and a 2.30 GAA.

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ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed Washington as a -126 money line favorite over Carolina, who is +116 on the ML. The over/under total for this game is currently sitting at 5.5 goals.

FREE PICK: Take the under. According to latest NHL trends the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams in Carolina and 7-1 in the last eight meetings overall. The under is 7-0 in the Hurricanes’ last seven games as a home underdog and 4-1 in their last five games playing on two days rest. The under is also 25-6 in the Capitals’ last 31 games as a road favorite and 4-1 in their lat five Friday games.

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