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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals 04-13-2019 Free NHL Expert Picks, Parlays and Spreads

Carolina Hurricanes (0-1, best of seven) @ Washington Capitals (1-0, best of seven)

April 13, 2019, 3:00 PM EST (Capital One Arena)

Moneyline: Carolina Hurricanes +140/ Washington Capitals -160

Puckline: Washington Capitals -1.5

Over/Under: 5.5

ESPN NHL Scores: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes

One game the 1st-Round Playoff matchup, the Washington Capitals lead the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0. Defeating the Hurricanes 4-2, the Caps hope stars Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom will continue to score.

While Andrei Svechnikov, from the Canes, hopes to get a little help, after netting two 3rd period goals.

Carolina Hurricanes

The star of the game, for the Carolina Hurricanes, was Andrei Svechnikov. His two goals on three shots helped pull the Hurricanes to within one goal of tying the Washington Capitals.

The weak link in the game was the Penalty Kill for the Hurricanes. While Petr Mrazek did give up three goals on 17 shots, it would be hard to ask any goaltender to stop the two power play goals in the first period.

That being said, the defense and PK did tighten up for the 2nd and 3rd period.

Similar to the regular season numbers (1st in the league in CorsiFor% at 54.9%), the Hurricanes owned the puck for a majority of the game. Outshooting the Caps 29-18, the Hurricanes will surely keep things close if they can continue to fire the puck at Braden Holtby.

Washington Capitals

Heading into the 2nd period, of Thursday night’s victory, the Washington Capitals must’ve felt very confident. A 3-0 lead is very hard to overcome in any sport, especially when playoff pressures turn up the intensity.

This point is important because we did witness a Capitals team who seemingly gave up and allowed the Hurricanes to inch back into this game.

Getting outshot is one way to dissect this game, but the Capitals ended up with a 28% CorsiFor score compared to the Hurricanes 72% (In 5-on-5 situations). It’s not to say that this would’ve been the case has the Caps not registered a 3-0 lead, but it does make one wonder if the Caps would get just as lazy with a 2-0 lead.

Should the Capitals falter or Holtby not be up to the task of stopping the non-top onslaught (that is the Hurricane’s offense), then the Caps could be looking at heading to Carolina having lost home-ice advantage.

Cover the Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends

Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games

Carolina is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Carolina’s last 9 games

Washington Capitals

Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 9 games

Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Carolina

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All it takes is another bad start for the Hurricanes to find themselves buried in a two-hole deficit. Petr Mrazek outplayed Holtby in regular season statistics, but Holtby proved last year that the playoffs are a completely different nut.

Should the Canes take the momentum built from the strong 2nd and 3rd period into game two, I still can’t see the game getting far enough away from the Stanley Cup defending champs that they’d miss a shot to win.

The Canes keep it close and I don’t think we’re in for another first period, like we witnessed in game one. Because of that, this one will stay closer and the Hurricanes will have another shot to steal from the Caps.

Pick: Carolina Hurricanes +1.5

I don't quite get that move from the #Canes - almost seems like it was mainly to dump the cap of Calvin de Haan.

Saarela is a good prospect. Joins his brother.

I'm not sold on Forsling and Forsberg is at best an okay backup goalie next year.

Maybe more to come from Carolina?

#Canes quickly turning into the winners of this draft between their keen selections and the Marleau trade. Honka this late? Polarizing prospect but those who have seen him firsthand from the inside are high on him

Have your key people understood the essence of their role? Far from conformity and formality, it is the essence that makes the success! #HR #team #teamalignment #gofurther #peoplenow #peoplemanagement #people

Would love to see Kaliyev fall to the #Canes at 36/37, but if work ethic is a concern, he’s not going to get a second look from this team. Brink is probably a better fit. Maybe a goalie with the 59th pick? Hoping Hunter Jones or Mads Sogaard will fall that far.

Does this mean, mans gotta payback that bank he got from #Georgia to sign there?? Or the house & job his people got??? Oh yaw, i forgot we talkin bout the $EC. @NCAA comment, Nothin to see here so lets blame it on our #Canes

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