The NHL excitement is back on as the Carolina Hurricanes will clash with the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The Hurricanes head into this game on the back of a 4-3 road loss from the Devils. On the other side, the Capitals enjoyed a 3-2 home win over the Rangers.
Carolina Hurricanes Form
The Carolina Hurricanes have been struggling with their form lately They stand nine points out of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Losing the game against the Capitals will officially eliminate from the playoff race. It will take a miracle for the Hurricanes to achieve a postseason spot. The Carolina Hurricanes have gone 16-22 on the road with an average of 2.84 goals per game and have allowed 3.26 goals per game in those matches.
The Hurricanes has been poor on the offensive side of the game. They are ranked 23rd in the league with an average scoring of 2.75 goals per game, with a converting success on 19.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the game, they have also had a poor form as they are ranked on the 25th spot in goals allowed, allowing 3.13 goals per game and letting the opposing teams to convert on 22.7% of their chances.
Washington Capitals Form
The Washington Capitals recent win against the Rangers was a good morale boost. The Capitals are on winning streak of 5 wins in a row and a total nine of their last 10 games. Their good form established a good seven-point lead over the Penguins in the battle for the first position in their division. Overall, The Capitals have gone 27-11 at home with solid average 3.34 goals per game while allowing 2.42 goals per game in those games.
Washington will head into the game with a scoring record of 3.12 goals per game, with converting rate of 22.8% of their chances. On the defensive side of their game, their form has been below average as they are placed on the 16th spot in goals allowed, letting in 2.91 goals per game.They have allowed the opposing teams to convert 19.9 % of their chances.
This is must win game for The Hurricanes if they want to keep their mathematical playoff hopes alive. However, based on the Caps home record of allowing 2.42 goals per game and their great form, my prediction is that the Capitals will come on top.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals for today on 3/30/2018 is: Take the Toronto Maple Leafs -210 (money line bet)
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