PNC Arena plays host to a divisional showdown as the Carolina Hurricanes take the ice against the visiting Washington Capitals. NBC Sports Washington will broadcast the game, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 2.
Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Carolina (-115) is currently favored over Washington (-105), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.
Washington is 24-16 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 5.6 units this season. Through 40 regular season outings, 22 of its games have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and none have pushed. This 2017-18 Capitals team is 8-11 SU on the road.
Washington has converted on 19.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 80.4 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Caps have been penalized 4.3 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 3.0 per game over its past five contests. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays just 6.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Averaging 28.3 saves per game with a .918 save percentage, Braden Holtby (22-8) has been the best option in goal for Washington this season. If head coach Barry Trotz chooses to rest him, however, Washington might roll with Philipp Grubauer (2-11-3 record, .909 save percentage, 2.70 goals against average).
Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Capitals. Ovechkin (41 points) has tallied 24 goals and 17 assists, and has recorded multiple points in nine different games. Kuznetsov has 12 goals and 27 assists to his creditand has logged at least one point in 24 games.
Carolina is 18-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 38 regular season matches, 19 of its games have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 10-7 SU as the home team.
The Hurricanes have converted on just 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.7 percent of all penalties.
Hurricanes players have been called for penalties only 2.8 times per game in total this season, 2.4 per game over their past five contests total, and 3.2 per game over their last five at home. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 6.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Scott Darling has denied 24.5 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for the Hurricanes. Darling has eight wins, 17 losses, and six overtime losses to his name and has maintained a subpar .896 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average this year.
The home team offense will be led by Sebastian Aho (11 goals, 18 assists) and Teuvo Teravainen (nine goals, 20 assists).
Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under
Four of Carolina’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 3-1 overall in those games.
The Capitals are 8-2 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 13-7 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
Carolina is 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Washington is 3-1 in shootouts.
Washington may hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 10-5 in games decided by one goal, while Carolina is 8-13 in such games.
The total has gone under in four of Carolina’s last five outings.
Carolina skaters have averaged 12.4 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.9 giveaways per game (ranked 17th in the NHL).
Washington has averaged 11.0 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 11.7 giveaways per game (ranked 26th in the NHL).
Washington skaters have accounted for the 10th-most hits in the league (22.5 per game).