Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals - 3/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals - 3/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (37-20-10) vs Carolina Hurricanes (43-15-7)

Game Info: Monday, March 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -111 / Carolina Hurricanes -111 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Carolina Hurricanes come into this road contest with an overall record of 43-15-7. Through 65 games, the Hurricanes are 1st in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 216 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Carolina is the 1st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.37 goals per game. So far, the Hurricanes have a strength of schedule rating of 20th 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 37-20-10. This mark places them 4th in the Metropolitan division. Through 67 games, the Capitals have scored 224 goals, giving them an average of 3.27. This output gives them a rank of 8th among NHL teams. On defense, Washington is the 13th ranked unit, giving up 2.82 goals per contest. So far, the Capitals have played the 27th 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 11th in the NHL.

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Through 62 games, the Carolina Hurricanes goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho with 64 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.6%. So far, 43.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 32 assists to go along with his 25 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +13.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.07 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 65 games, the Washington Capitals' goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin, with 78 points. He has reached his mark of 42 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.7%. So far, 33.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 43 assists to go along with his 22 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 2.95 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 29 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Hurricanes have an over-under record of 30-35. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 17-15. On the season, 49.0% of Carolina's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Hurricanes. In Washington's 67 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-28-1. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-13-1. On the season, 61.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. Look for this to be a high-scoring game, surpassing the betting line of 6 goals.

 

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