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
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.