Washington Capitals (2-0, best of seven) @ Carolina Hurricanes (0-2, best of seven)
April 15, 2019, 7:00 PM EST (PNC Arena)
Moneyline: Washington Capitals +110/ Carolina Hurricanes -130
Puckline: Carolina Hurricanes -1.5
ESPN NHL Scores: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals
Two games into the 1st-Round Playoff matchup, the Washington Capitals lead the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0. Defeating the Hurricanes 4-3, the Caps hope stars Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom will continue to score and put up points.
While Andrei Svechnikov, from the Canes, hopes to get a little help, after netting two 3rd period goals in game one and helping assist in another goal in game two.
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.
Game two, being a much closer game through all three periods, did present a harder working Capitals team, more desperate on offense than the team from game one.
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) in the first game. Game two was more even, but was a ‘win’ for the Caps in the possession department, 52.1% – 47.9%.
The star of the game, for the Carolina Hurricanes in game one, 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 Mrazek faced.
That being said, the defense and PK did tighten up for the 2nd and 3rd period. Even moving into game two, the Hurricanes were able to shut down all four power play chances by the Capitals, despite giving up more shots.
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 in the first game, the Hurricanes will surely keep things close if they can continue to fire the puck at Braden Holtby.
Game two was a different story, with the Canes losing the shot battle 33-28.
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Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Hurricanes are 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington
Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Washington is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games
Free NHL Predictions: Washington Capitals @ Carolina Hurricanes
The Carolina Hurricanes proved they can produce a similar offensive output, despite the score and defensive strategy that the Capitals use. The Hurricanes are a good enough possession team (again, number one in the league) that they should be able to take one away from the defending Stanley Cup Champs.
I also expect the Hurricanes to feed off of the amazing atmosphere that the Cane’s fans were able to create during the regular season. This fan base should be excited to see where the Hurricanes made it to especially in the way that they did it. Bunch of Jerks.