Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes – Game 6

The Washington Capitals hold a 3-2 edge over the Carolina Hurricanes with two games left in the series. Tonight, the series resumes as the Hurricanes are hosting the Capitals to try and keep their season alive. The Capitals easily took the last game by a score of 6-0 and they are hoping to continue that momentum over into this game. The Hurricanes did win both of their home games last week but the momentum didn’t carry over to this past Saturday. With a win in game six, the Hurricanes would have new life and game seven would be one for the ages. The visiting team has yet to hold a lead in the series so that bodes well for the Hurricanes this evening. The betting line for the game has the Capitals at -115 while the Hurricanes are at -105. The over/under for the game is set at 5.5.

Can the Capitals Steal a Road Game

Like previously mentioned, no road team has even led in the series, much less won a game. For Capital fans I am sure that they would love to be the first to get this series over with as quickly as they can. As an underdog on the road, the Capitals have a good track record of success this year so they are in a good spot. This season they are 24-15-2 on the road and over their past seven games they are 5-2 as the road underdog. Washington is also 8-2 over their past 10 games when their opponent had allowed five or more goals in its previous game. They key to winning this next game might not rest on the offense, but the play of goalie Braden Holtby. Holtby has struggled on the road in the series with a save percentage of .898 versus a .943 save percentage at home. If the Capitals want this series to end tomorrow, it’ll have to come on the back of its defense.

Hurricanes Look to Extend Home Streak

Down 3-2 in the series, the Hurricanes need a win in the worst way. The odds do favor Carolina though so they might not be as out of it as it seems. The Hurricanes are really good when they are the favorite in the betting lines. They are 4-0 in their last four games as the favorite and 20-6 in the last 26 games total when the favorite. They are 14-9 this season when scoring a goal or less in the previous game. The theme of goalies being the difference makers continues over for the Hurricanes. Petr Mrazek has been deadly on his home ice. On Saturday he gave up six goals on 28 shots but in the two home contests he has stopped 48 of the 49 shots on goal in the series. The Hurricanes are going to rely on Mrazek to have another really solid game in the goal or this series will be over tonight. The offense for the Hurricanes also needs to find themselves as they just got shutout a game ago.

Washington is in Control

Washington is looking to take the series and smart money would be on them. Their offense is clicking and their defense just pitched a shutout. Even though they are on the road they are playing better than Carolina is right now. With the momentum that they are carrying I don’t see Carolina stealing a win and having the series go to seven games. So much is going to have to go right for Carolina for them to win and I don’t see them being able to handle the momentum that Washington has right now. Take Washington and the over.

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