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With the First Round series between the Capitals (1st in Metropolitan Division) and the Hurricanes (East’s 1st Wild Card) tied at 3-3, the deciding game moves to Washington, with Carolina having lost its last five trips to D.C.!
‘Canes Force Game 7
The Carolina Hurricanes (3-3) kept their hopes of qualifying for the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs alive after beating the Washington Capitals 5-2 in Game 6 of their Conference Quarterfinals matchup at PNC Arena on Monday. Warren Foegele (4 goals, 6 points this postseason), Teuvo Teravainen (2 goals, 3 points), Jordan Staal (2 goals, 5 points), Justin Williams (1 goal, 3 points) and Dougie Hamilton (3 goals, 6 points) all lit the lamp for the ‘Canes, who have now won three of their last four contests.
A recap of last night 👇 pic.twitter.com/OsJcquQTQc
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) April 23, 2019
Goalie Petr Mrazek turned away 23 shots to take his overall playoff tally to 7-9 with a 2.24 GAA and a .915 save percentage. He is 3-3 for the ongoing postseason with a 2.67 GAA and a .895 save percentage and has recorded a 3-5-2 previous tally against the Caps with a 2.52 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are tied-8th with Washington in both most goals scored per game during the current playoffs (2.83) and most allowed on average (2.83), 3rd from the bottom in power play (12.5%) and 3rd worst in penalty kill (71.4%).
Caps Fail To Capitalize
Needing just a single victory to progress to the next round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Washington Capitals (3-3) failed to win Game 6 of their First Round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes, dropping a 5-2 decision at PNC Arena on Monday. Brett Connolly (2 goals, 2 points this postseason) and Alex Ovechkin (4 goals, 8 points) both scored, with the latter also tying the game at 3-3 midway through the final third before the goal was disallowed due to goaltender interference.
CAPS TODAY: Tonight, the Capitals will play in their 128th playoff game since 2008, tied with the Chicago Blackhawks for the second most in the NHL. More info on the Caps at https://t.co/HecIC0ECg1 pic.twitter.com/4Swua0RSGv
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) April 24, 2019
Goalie Braden Holtby made 31 saves and has now gone 48-40 in his playoff career with a 2.08 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He is 3-3 for the current postseason with a 2.68 GAA and a .916 save percentage and has posted a 16-6-0 past total against the ‘Canes with a 1.98 GAA and a .937 save percentage. The Capitals, meanwhile, are tied-8th with Carolina in most goals netted per game (2.83) and most conceded on average (28.3%), 3rd in power play (28.6%) and 3rd in penalty kill as well (87.5%).
- Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite.
- Capitals are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Hurricanes are 0-5 in their last 5 meetings with Capitals in Washington.
- Hurricanes are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Hurricanes have been excellent in the second part of this season, showing team spirit and some terrific hockey in equal measures. They have been an exciting pairing to the reigning Stanley Cup champions in the First Round of the current postseason. Still, do bank on the Capitals to go through. Washington has already won its last five meetings with Carolina in D.C. and is 7-3 when playing versus sides with a winning record. The ‘Canes, on the other hand, have dropped six consecutive decisions as a road underdog and are 1-5 in their previous six against teams with a winning record.
Prediction: Washington Capitals
Full-Game Total Pick
Five of the past nine meetings between the two sides have witnessed just five snipes on the scoreboard. And while that trend is not really a trustworthy one, do consider going with the Under in this one regardless. Seven of the previous 10 contests of the Hurricanes against opponents with a winning record have already been low-scoring affairs, as have six of the last seven games of the Capitals overall.
Prediction: Under 5.5