Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals - 1/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals - 1/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (27-9-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (24-14-2)

NHL Hockey: Friday, January 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -120 / Washington Capitals +109 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes meet Friday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 24 goals, John Carlson has 37 assists and T.J. Oshie has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 31 goals on 376 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 83 goals on 847 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for a statement win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 23 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 33 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 68 goals on 699 shots and James Reimer has given up 39 goals on 455 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed four or more goals in four of their last five games.

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The Capitals are 14-5 in their last 19 road games, 7-2 in their last 9 games as a road underdog and 7-2 in their last 9 games as an underdog. The Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 12-4 in their last 16 games playing on 2 days rest and 41-18 in their last 59 games as a favorite. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 road games. The under is 5-2 in Hurricanes last 7 home games. The Capitals are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Carolina and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The favorite is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Carolina and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Carolina Hurricanes are as hot as any team in the league right now, and they've won four straight and six of the last seven against the Capitals. The Hurricanes should be favored on their home ice with that in mind. However, you don't get the Washington Capitals in the underdog role very often, and when they have been, they've made some nice coin this season. The Capitals are one of those teams capable of winning no matter who or when they play. I'm not turning down the plus money with the Capitals. 

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