February 6, 2017

NHL Hockey Betting: Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals

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The Carolina Hurricanes are 5-5-0 in their last ten games and have won three straight but they’ll hit a real buzzsaw on Tuesday night as they head North to Washington DC to take on the league leading Capitals. Washington has rounded into the same dominating form that we saw last season and that’s bad news for a lot of teams. The Caps enter this game with the best record in the league at 36-11-6 with 78 points. That puts them 7 points up on Columbus and Pittsburgh who are tied for second place in the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference. They’re also five points up on the Western Conference’s top team the Minnesota Wild. The Hurricanes haven’t played badly this season but they’re spinning their wheels at the bottom of the rugged Metropolitan Division. Their biggest liability has been on the road where they’re 7-14-6.

Cam Ward will get the start here for Carolina and he’s done solid work when the team had no other options. Backup Eddie Lack has been out with a concussion and although he’s back in the lineup now they’re going to bring him back slowly. Besides, he wasn’t particularly effective when he was playing so there’s no rush to get him between the pipes. Ward is 21-16-6 on the season with a 2.57 goals against average and a 0.907 save percentage. He’ll face legit Vezina Trophy candidate Braden Holtby who is also in stellar form. Holtby is 26-8-4 with a 1.99 goals against average and a 0.929 save percentage with six shutouts.

The Capitals have flat out dominated the Hurricanes on home ice during the past few seasons. The Caps have won five straight over Carolina in DC and have won 8 of 11 overall. Carolina has won the last two meetings in Raleigh so they know they can beat this team–just not in Washington. The Caps have Detroit on deck which isn’t the challenge it once was. Even at this price it’s just not possible to pass up the best team in hockey against a team that they’ve manhandled at home. We may look for the ‘canes to get ‘revenge’ the next time these teams play on Tobacco Road but not here.