Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes Game Preview 4/18/19

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The Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes are set to clash at PNC Arena in Game 4 of the postseason’s first round. The game will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 18, and you can see the game live on Sportsnet 360.

Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds

The Hurricanes (-130) are currently favored over the Capitals (+110) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-105 over, -115 under).

Washington is 50-35 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 7.5 units this season. 43 of its contests have gone over the total, while 39 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Caps are 24-18 SU as the away team in 2018-19.

Following a regular season where they converted 20.6 percent of all power-play chances (the 12th-strongest), the Capitals have connected on 16.7 percent of their extra-man advantages in the early stages of these playoffs.

The Capitals’ offensive attack attempted 30.1 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.4 goals per contest (ranked fifth overall in the NHL). In the postseason, however, the club’s dropped to an average of 23.0 shots on goal ( 2.7 goals per game).

Averaging 27.9 saves per game with a .910 save percentage, Braden Holtby (34-28-7) has been the primary option in goal for Washington this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, Washington might turn to Pheonix Copley (17-10-3), who has a .905 save percentage and 2.90 goals against average this year.

Carolina is 47-38 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 47 of its games have gone under the total, while 36 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team’s 25-17 SU at home this season.

The Hurricanes have converted on just 18.1 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.7 percent of all opponent power plays.

Petr Mrazek (24.9 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Hurricanes. Mrazek has 24 wins, 19 losses, and four overtime losses to his name and has registered a .913 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average this year.

Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their last five outings.
  • Washington has managed 25.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Carolina is averaging 33.6 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Including the regular season, the Canes have registered the seventh-most hits per game in the NHL (25.7), but the team’s averaged 33.6 over their last five games as the home team.