The Washington Capitals are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, but will need to keep on winning if they hope to improve their seeding in the NHL's Eastern Conference playoffs. Tonight, they take on the top team in their division, the Carolina Hurricanes, who are nine points above them in the standings with two games in hand.
History is on Washington's side, as the Capitals are 3-0 against the 'Canes this year, with their latest win coming in a 4-3 decision back on March 18.
Let's take a look at the odds via WynnBET for the final regular season matchup between these teams.
Hurricanes vs. Capitals Odds and Total
- Hurricanes -135
- Capitals +115
- Hurricanes -1.5 (+170)
- Capitals +1.5 (-210)
- 6 (Over -105/Under -115)
Hurricanes vs. Capitals Betting Trends
- The UNDER is 10-5 in the Hurricanes' last 15 games.
- Hurricanes are 2-5 in their last seven games.
- Capitals are 5-0 in their last five games vs. Hurricanes.
- The OVER is 10-1 in the Capitals' last 11 games.
- Capitals are 6-0 in last six games vs. Eastern Conference opponents.
Hurricanes vs. Capitals Prediction and Pick
Don't be fooled by the Capitals latest hot streak, they're just 21st in CORSI percentage, 19th in expected goals for, and 11th in expected goals against in their last 10 games. The Hurricanes, whose record may not be as shiny over that span, rank first, second, and third in those three stats respectively.
It's important as bettors to remember that the box scores don't always indicate how a team truly performs, and the Hurricanes and Capitals are perfect examples of that as of late.
It's worth noting that Carolina ranks 29th in shooting percentage over that span, which has been a big reason for its losses, but shooting accuracy is largely a volatile stat in the NHL and it shouldn't be a cause for concern considering their season long numbers.
No brainer here, give me the Hurricanes.
Pick: Hurricanes -135
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