Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitals (By: Mulder)
The Canes were amazing this season. They were underrated by many, but slowly they got the respect they earned by the bookies. But one can also overreact which is the case here. And here is why..
When you shoot the most on goal of all teams and allow the fewest shots on goal, it is not hard to understand why they made it to the playoffs, altough they were really unlucky in the first two months or so.
But a shot on goal is not always a good chance of course. Shots from the blue line are totally different than when there is a high danger chance, which the Canes created a lot as well this season> 900 HDCF in the regular season which was ranked 1st (!) indeed.
This playoffs however> 14 HDCF ( same as the Caps by the way ).
So the Canes are a monsterous team, but two things here. They are very young and hence unexperienced. Also, their special teams is not the best . Their PK however was great in the last months : 8th, but 20th with their PP.
Mrazek is expected to start in net: 2.39 GAA, 0.91 SV%, but he was 0-2 in the regular season against the Caps with a 2.56 GAA and this playoffs: 3.50 GAA against the Caps.
The Caps on the other side are playing great hockey and they stepped up towards the end of the regular season which is what champions do indeed. They have so much weapons, not only Ovie of course, but also Kuznetsov, backstrom, Carlson and Oshie.
-Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.
-Capitals are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Carolina.
Holtby is confirmed in goal for the Caps: 2.82 GAA, 0.91 SV% but with a much better 8.41 GSAA (!), 80.84 HDSv%. In the regular season he went 4-0 (!) against the Canes with a 2.21 GAA. This playoffs against the Canes> 2.46 GAA.
The Canes are a great team but they are unlucky facing the Caps in the first round of the Playoffs. For plus money i will defenitely take my chances with the Caps as a road dog.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitals predictions
|Washington Capitals ML ( Including OT )||Pinnacle||2.12||8||5-0 LOST (-8 units)|
Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitals betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Mulder).