Washington Capitals Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds, Picks, and Predictions (3/18/22)

On the season, Washington is scoring 3.2 goals per game, 11th in the NHL and taking 31.2 shots per game, 15th overall.  Defensively the Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game, 10th overall and have the 12th best penalty kill group in the league (80.7%).  Washington is +3000 to win their second Stanley Cup in franchise history.  In 2021-22, Carolina is scoring 3.3 goals per game, eighth in the NHL and taking 33.7 shots per game, ninth overall.  Defensively the Hurricanes are allowing 2.4 goals per game, first overall.  Carolina has the fourth best power play unit in the NHL (24.9%).  At +1000, Carolina is favored to win their first Stanley Cup since 2005-06.

Washington Capitals Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Odds

Washington is 0-4 in their last four games playing in back-to-back situations.  Over is 8-2 in the Capitals last 10 contests in the third game of three games in four days situation.  Washington is 21-7 in their last 28 contests in the third game of three games in four days situation.  The Capitals are 22nd in the NHL on the power play (18.6%).  The Hurricanes have the number one penalty kill unit in the NHL (89.4%).  Carolina is 6-0 in their last six Friday games.  Under is 4-0-1 in the Hurricanes last five contests vs. Metropolitan Division foes.  Over is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings in Carolina between the Hurricanes and Capitals. 

Washington Capitals Odds

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin is now third all-time in NHL history with 767 goals: he’s chasing Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal record of 894.  Ovechkin is currently listed as +1000 to win the Hart Trophy.  The three-time Hart Trophy winner is tied for eighth in the NHL in points with 72 this year (37 goals and 35 assists).  The Stanley Cup winner is a +8 and averaging 21:14 of ice time per game.  The Great Eight has scored four game winning goals and tallied 21 points on the power play in 2021-22.  Center Evgeny Kuznetsov is second on the team in points with 59 (19 goals and 40 assists).  He’s a +11 and averaging 20:43 of ice time per game this season.  Kuznetsov has scored four game winning goals and tallied 19 points on the power play this season.  Tom Wilson, one of the toughest players in the league has 40 points on the year (18 goals and 22 assists).  He has eight points on the power play and is second on the team in hits with 174.  Wilson is a +9 and skating 19:04 of ice time per game in 2021-22.  Conor Sheary has 30 points this year (15 goals and 15 assists).  The two-time Stanley Cup winner has scored four game winning goals and is averaging 15:28 of ice time per game.  Star center Nicklas Backstrom has appeared in 28 games this season, scoring 20 points (five goals and 15 assists). 

John Carlson leads Washington’s defensemen in scoring with 49 points (10 goals and 39 assists) and is +5000 to win the Norris Trophy.  The Stanley Cup winner has 17 points on the power play this season (four goals and 13 assists).  He’s a +12 while leading the team in ice time per game at 23:50. Carlson has blocked 76 shots and registered 41 hits.  Dmitry Orlov has 27 points on the season (nine goals and 18 assists).  He’s second on the club in plus/minus at +21, delivering 99 hits and blocking 72 shots this year.  Orlov has 25 takeaways and is averaging 20:57 of ice per game in 2021-22.  Trevor van Riemsdyk has 13 points on the season (one goal and 12 assists).  He leads the team in blocked shots with 99.  Nick Jensen leads the Capitals in plus/minus at +26.  He’s chipped in 17 points on the year while averaging 19:18 of ice time per game. 

Ilya Samsonov has started 29 games for Washington this season.  On the campaign he’s 17-9-4 with a .901 save percentage and a 2.96 GAA.  Additionally, Samsonov has three shutouts on the campaign.  Vitek Vanecek has started 28 games for the Capitals in 2021-22.  On the season he’s 15-7-5 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.36 GAA.  Vanecek also has three shutouts on the season.  Washington goaltenders have combined for seven shutouts on the campaign.

Carolina Hurricanes Odds

Forward Sebastian Aho leads the team in scoring with 61 points (27 goals and 34 assists).  He’s a +11 and leads the team in power play goals with 12.  Additionally, he’s tied for the team lead in game winning goals with five and averaging 19:10 of ice time per game.  Andrei Svechnikov, the second pick in the 2018 draft is second on the team in scoring with 52 points (23 goals and 29 assists).  He’s a +14 on the season and averaging 17:23 of ice time per game.  Teuvo Teravainen is third on the club in scoring with 47 points (16 goals and 31 assists).  The Stanley Cup champion has 25 points on the power play (eight goals and 17 assists).  Vincent Trocheck has 40 points in 59 games (15 goals and 25 assists) this year.  He’s +14 and is tied for second on the team in hits with 133.  Nino Niederreiter has scored 17 goals this season, overall, he has 31 points in 2021-22.  Jordan Staal, the Hurricanes captain leads the club in hits with 175.  He has 22 points and has won 56.6% of his face-offs in 2021-22.

Jacob Slavin has 29 points (three goals and 26 assists), while leading the team in blocked shots with 101 and takeaways with 52.  Brady Skjei has played in 59 games and has recorded 25 points on the campaign (seven goals and 18 assists).  He’s a +14, averaging 21:04 of ice time per game.  Skjei has 55 blocked shots and delivered 67 hits on the year.  Anthony DeAngelo leads Carolina defensemen in points with 40 (nine goals and 31 assists).  He’s been out since February due to a chest injury, he’s listed as questionable for the game against the Capitals. 

Frederik Andersen has started 39 games in goal for the Hurricanes this season.  He’s 30-8-2 with a .929 save percentage and a 2.06 GAA.  The goaltender in his ninth season has three shutouts on the season.  Stanley Cup winner Antti Raanta is 10-4-2 this year with a .917 save percentage and a 2.29 GAA for Carolina this campaign.

Washington Capitals Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Picks & Prediction

The Capitals are 4-0 in the last four meetings with the Hurricanes.  In their two matchups this season, Washington has won both games, outscoring Carolina 8-2 in both contests combined.  Home team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings between Washington and Carolina.  The Hurricanes have won 23 games at home in 2021-22.  Carolina is arguably the best defensive team in the NHL, I like the Hurricanes in this contest to beat the high-powered Capitals, earning their 24th home victory.  Carolina will win by 1.5 goals and the clubs will stay under six goals combined.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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