Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes - 7/29/20 NHL Pick and Prediction
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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -130 / Carolina Hurricanes +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals meet Wednesday in NHL exhibition action.
The Carolina Hurricanes entered the NHL break splitting their last 14 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 38 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 48 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 104 goals on 1,091 shots and James Reimer has given up 61 goals on 712 shots.
The Washington Capitals entered the NHL break splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 48 goals, John Carlson has 60 assists and T.J. Oshie has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 60 goals on 689 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 142 goals on 1,385 shots.
The Hurricanes are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Washington. The home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The favorite is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Both of these teams were hit or miss the last couple of weeks before we entered the unexpected break, and it was actually the Washington Capitals who were a bit disappointing. The Carolina Hurricanes made some moves at the trade deadline that indicated they were going for it this season, and they showed flashes of moving in the right direction. We also know the Carolina Hurricanes have won six of the last nine meetings against the Washington Capitals and have scored at least three goals in five of the last six meetings. History here makes the Hurricanes an intriguing option in a possible underdog role.
Assuming we get the Carolina Hurricanes at plus money in this exhibition contest, I'll back them to win this game.