The Hurricanes and Capitals are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Capitals will host the game at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. The Hurricanes are favored by -1.5 in this Metropolitan division showdown. The game's over/under is currently at 6 goals.

CAROLINA HURRICANES VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington Capitals +1.5

This game will be played at Capital One Arena at 7:00 ET on Friday, March 22nd.

WHY BET THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS:

  • With a 1.5 goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Hurricanes to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Hurricanes on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Capitals (+1.5)

Will the Hurricanes Make it Happen on the Road?

Carolina enters tonight's game with a record of 44-20-6, putting them in 4th place in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. They have gone 29-11 against teams from the East and 14-7 against divisional opponents. On the road, the Hurricanes are 21-11-2 this season, and they have won their last six games away from home.

Over their last ten games, Carolina has gone 8-2, and they have won five straight games overall. As the favorite, the Hurricanes have gone 41-16-6 this season.

On the road this season, the Hurricanes have a puck line record of 15-19 and an average scoring margin of +.7 goals per game. So far, they have 28 wins by multiple goals and have gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games.

Overall, Carolina is 30-40 against the puck line, including a record of 26-37 when favored. In their last ten road games, the Hurricanes have gone 6-4 vs. the puck line.

Games involving Carolina have an average of 6.1 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.2. In terms of their over/under performance, the Hurricanes come in with a record of 29-40-1.

The Hurricanes are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 3-0 straight-up.

For their offensive performance, the Hurricanes come in averaging 3.4 goals per game this season, which is 8th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. This season, the Hurricanes have a 31-17 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 11-1 record.

Carolina's leading scorer is Sebastian Aho. So far, he has 27 goals which is 36th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 49 assists so far.

Defensively, the Capitals are currently 16th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Washington. They also are 10th in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Pyotr Kochetkov has started 34 games this season. His current record stands at 19-12, and his save percentage is 0.709%.

Will the Capitals Win at Capital One Arena?

At home this season, the Capitals have gone 17-11-5, and they have been the underdog in 50 of their 68 games, going 20-23-7 in those contests. In the Eastern Conference, Washington is in 9th place with 75 points and a 19-18 record against conference opponents. In their last three games, the Capitals have gone 2-1, and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games.

Overall, Washington has a record of 33-26-9, and they are in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division. Against division opponents, the Capitals have gone 14-8 this season. When they have been the underdog, Washington has gone 13-3-2.

Washington enters this game with an overall puck line record of 33-35, including a road puck line mark of 17-18. So far, the Capitals have 17 wins by multiple goals compared to 16 wins by just a single goal.

Over their last ten home games, the Capitals have gone 6-4 against the puck line. On the season, their average scoring margin is -.5 goals per game, and they have been the underdog in 50 of their 66 games.

On average, Washington's games have finished with 5.9 goals per game. The season's average over/under line stands at 6. In total, the Capitals come in with an over/under record of 31-34-3.

In their last three road games, Carolina has averaged 5 goals per game while allowing 2. The team's record in this stretch was 3-0 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.

For their offensive performance, the Capitals come in averaging 2.7 goals per game this season, which is 28th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 31st in the league. The Washington offense is ranked 24th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 32nd in the NHL.

Washington's leading scorer is Alex Ovechkin. So far, he has 23 goals which is 66th in the NHL. Ovechkin also comes into the game with 31 assists.

Defensively, the Capitals come into the season ranked 16th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Washington. For the season, they are ranked 10th in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Carolina, goalie Darcy Kuemper has started 28 games in this season. His current record is 13-13, and his save percentage stands at 0.664%.