Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals Series Price Odds & Predictions: The Champs In 6

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 10:48 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2019 10:48 PM UTC

The upstart Hurricanes won't be an easy out, but experience will win in the end as Capitals prevail in six games.

The Carolina Hurricanes were one of the feel-good stories (well unless you're Don Cherry!) of the 2018-19 regular season. From their "Storm Surge" postgame celebrations after wins to, more importantly, their tenacious and up-tempo play on the ice in games, this team surprised plenty of people around the NHL in qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in ten years! Well, the surge is done and in six games, the Canes' fun season will be as well. There's no doubt this team is on the right track but this is the playoffs and they're not quite ready for that, let alone knocking off the defending Stanley Cup Champions in the Washington Capitals!

One of, if not the most important things in the playoffs, is goaltending! The Hurricanes enter this series with two career backups in Curtis McElhinney and Petr Mrazek who have completely overachieved this season. They also will be missing arguably their best stay-at-home defenseman in Calvin de Hann who is a key cog for the Canes on a blue line that has plenty of guys that like to pinch and play more offense than defense. The Capitals skilled forwards will exploit the risky Carolina transition game and between the pipes, Braden Holtby gets the edge. Take the Caps - who went 4-0-0-0 and outscored the Canes 16-9 in the regular season - to stem any Cinderella hopes the WhalerCanes may have. Carolina splits the games in Washington but experience, defense, and goaltending are the difference. Capitals in six!

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The Capitals were 48-34 against the spread. They were 24-17 at home and 24-17 on the road. Washington scored 278 goals and allowed 249. The Caps were 41-38-3 on the over/under. They were 19-20-2 at home and 22-18-1 on the road. The Caps were 38-44 on the puck line. Ovechkin led the team -- and the NHL -- in goals with 51 lamplighters, and he led the Caps in points with 89. Defenseman John Carlson led the Caps in assists with 57 helpers.

The Hurricanes were 46-36 against the spread. They were 24-17 at home and 22-19 on the road. Carolina scored 245 goals and allowed 223. They were 34-46-2 on the over/under. The Canes were 17-22-2 at home and 17-24-0 on the road. The Canes were 38-44 on the puck line. Sebastian Aho led the team in goals with 30 lamplighters and in points with 83 points. Teuvo Teravainen had the most assists with 55 helpers.

Goaltending Matchup

For the Hurricanes, Mrazek was 21-14-0-3 with a 2.46 GAA and .911 save percentage. McElhinney was 19-11-0-2 with a 2.57 GAA and .912 save percentage.

For the Capitals, Holtby was 30-19-0-5 with a 2.86 GAA and .910 save percentage. Pheonix Copley was 16-5-0-3 with a 2.85 GAA and .910 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report

For the Hurricanes, Calvin de Hann (upper body) is out indefinitely.

For the Capitals, Michal Kempny is out for the season.

Series Prediction: Capitals in 6

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