Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (28-18-9) vs Carolina Hurricanes (37-11-5)

Game Info: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -110 / Carolina Hurricanes -118 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes in Thursday NHL Action.

The Carolina Hurricanes come into this road contest with an overall record of 37-11-5. Through 53 games, the Hurricanes are 1st in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 185 times, good for a rank of 6th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Carolina is the 2nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.38 goals per game. So far, the Hurricanes have a strength of schedule rating of 27th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 4th ranked team in the NHL.

The Washington Capitals get set to host the Carolina Hurricanes with an overall record of 28-18-9. This mark places them 4th in the Metropolitan division. Through 55 games, the Capitals have scored 176 goals, giving them an average of 3.16. This output gives them a rank of 12th among NHL teams. On defense, Washington is the 14th ranked unit, giving up 2.8 goals per contest. So far, the Capitals have played the 28th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Washington's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 12th in the NHL.

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Through 50 games, the Carolina Hurricanes goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.2%. So far, 50.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 28 assists to go along with his 22 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.03 goals per game. In his 38 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 53 games, the Washington Capitals' goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin, with 64 points. He has reached his mark of 32 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.6%. So far, 25.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 35 assists to go along with his 15 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +8.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.93 goals per game.In his 32 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 32% percent of the time.

In Carolina's 53 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 25-25. Even though the team has covered the spread in more than half their games, their ATS record on the road is just 13-14. On the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have a per-game scoring differential of 1.11. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.86 goals. Heading into their game with the Washington Capitals, the Hurricanes have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 17 goals, accounting for 61.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.47 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Panthers to take advantage of a Washington team struggling to keep their opponents from finding the net.

 

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Joe’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes -118

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