Metropolitan Division opponents will face-off in Thursday night NHL action when the Washington Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Capitals continue to stumble in 2022, after being one of the hottest teams in December. Washington has gone 4-6 in its last 10 games, and have lost three-straight heading into tonight. Carolina will also attempt to get back in the win column after losing in overtime to the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Let's take a look at the odds via WynnBET for tonight's big game.
Hurricanes vs. Capitals Odds and Total
- Hurricanes -130
- Capitals +110
- Hurricanes -1.5 (+180)
- Capitals +1.5 (-220)
- 6 (Over -110/Under -110)
Hurricanes vs. Capitals Betting Trends
- The OVER is 4-2 in the Hurricanes' last six games.
- Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last six games.
- Capitals are 12-4 in their last 16 home games vs. Hurricanes.
- The OVER is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these teams.
Hurricanes vs. Capitals Prediction and Pick
At first glance, the Hurricanes seem like the obvious bet in this spot with how much the Capitals have struggled in the past month. One of their biggest issues has been their goaltending, but now they get Vitek Vanecek in net tonight. The 26-year old will be making his first start since getting hurt on February 1st, and if he can return to the form he was in before the injury, the Capitals will make a great underdog bet.
Vanecek holds a 2.36 goals against average and a .915 save percentage in 25 games this season. He had a 29-save shutout in his latest start, back on January 28th.
The Hurricanes have also been struggling defensively as of late, an area that was a strength for them early this season. They rank 22nd in high danger scoring chances against over their last 25 games, while the Capitals rank 11th.
Washington is in a good spot as a home underdog tonight.
Pick: Capitals +110
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