No OT Necessary, Capitals Win To Take 3-0 Series Lead Over Hurricanes

Monday, April 15, 2019 3:13 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 15, 2019 3:13 PM UTC

The Capitals don't need overtime to beat the Hurricanes again and take a 3-0 series lead.

<p style="text-align:center"><strong>Washington (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) at Carolina (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) </strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Monday, 7 p.m. ET (CNBC)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NHL Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">Capitals Regulation (+180)</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Recommended Sportsbook: <a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3769683, "sportsbooksIds":[999996,19,238,93,1275], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The Carolina Hurricanes have not played bad at all in this series. The problem though is that the Capitals have played better and are a better team. The Canes gave it all they could in Game 2, forcing overtime before eventually losing 4-3 to the Caps and falling behind by two games in the series.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Now the series shifts back to Carolina</a>, where they will be playing playoff hockey for the first time in ten years. PNC Arena will be rocking and the Hurricanes will look to feed off the home crowd, but there will be no surge back into the series as the Capitals win again, this time in regulation, and take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the series. The read here is that the frustration from Game 2 and the realization that their opponent is simply better than them will set in if and when the Capitals score first in Game 3 and will be too much to overcome.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ALLCAPS&lt;/a&gt; Invasion &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;April 15, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The Capitals are 2-0 against the spread and 0-0 on the road. Washington has scored eight goals and allowed five. They're <a href="" target="_blank" title="NHL Odds Board">1-0-1 on the over/under</a> and 0-0-0 on the road. The Caps are 2-0 on the puck line and 0-0 on the road. Nicklas Backstrom leads the team in goals with three lamplighters and points with four. John Carlson and Evgeni Kuznetsov lead the team in assists with three helpers each.</p><p>The Hurricanes are 0-2 against the spread and 0-0 at home. Carolina has scored eight goals and allowed five in the series. They're 1-0-1 on the over/under and 0-0-0 at home. Andrei Svechnikov leads the team in goals with two lamplighters and is tied for the lead in points with Lucas Wallmark with three each. Wallmark, Dougie Hamilton and Jacob Slavin all have two assists.</p><h2><strong>Goaltending Matchup</strong></h2><p><em>For the Hurricanes, Mrazek is 0-2 with a 3.50 GAA and .860 save percentage.</em></p><p><em>For the Capitals, Holtby is 2-0 with a 2.46 GAA and .912 save percentage.</em></p><h2> </h2><h2><strong>M*A*S*H Report</strong></h2><ul> <li><strong>For the Hurricanes, </strong>Calvin de Hann is day-to-day.</li> <li><strong>For the Capitals</strong>, Michal Kempny is out for the season.</li></ul><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Game 3 Prediction:</strong> Capitals 3 Hurricanes 1</h2>
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