Under Could Play in This One
NHL betting odds show the Carolina Hurricanes as a massive favorite (-205), but with the under cashing eight straight times when Washington faces a team that is coming off a game where they scored five or more goals, the total may be the best way to attack this match-up.
The Carolina Hurricanes have given their odds to win the Stanley Cup a boost with an 11-1-1 record over their last 12 games and an incredible 76-32 record the game after allowing two goals or less. For bettors, that means when this team gets into a defensive rhythm they are hard to bet against.
Capitals Hope the Outdoors Will Reverse Recent Form
Although the Capitals have to still be favorites to capture one of the wild card spots in the Eastern Conference, three straight losses at home against the Panthers, Hurricanes, and Sharks, has to leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the Alex Ovechkin-less Capitals. Ovechkin is mourning the death of his Father and didn’t play in the Hurricanes or Panthers games.
The ‘Great 8’ is expected to miss several more games for a Capitals team who has struggled offensively in their last eight games, producing three goals or more just once. The Washington Capitals have proven that they are a different team without Ovi in the line-up. Prior to their last two games, the Caps had won 14 of their last 17 games when playing on one day’s rest, but without Ovechkin that veteran leadership that would pick them up after a loss was non-existent.
There is a sentiment that playing outdoors in the Stadium Series will give the Capitals a jolt, but we’re not going to recommend investing your money in a team who is 8-11 (-575 units) since December 30th. In that span, only the Minnesota Wild (-576 units), Vancouver Canucks (-854), and New York Islanders (-949) were worse. We continue our Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes preview by directing our attention to the Hurricanes.
Canes’ Finally Get Their Classic
This was supposed to happen a few seasons ago but Covid was an uninvited guest to the party, interrupting life and the Hurricanes Stadium Classic. The Hurricanes have been a reliable wager, winning 13 of their last 19, but there’s always cause for pause because their moneyline numbers are too high for most bankrolls, evident by their profit of just 126 units in that span.
This NHL season Carolina has made the 7th most money for bettors with 355 units in the bank, but against the puckline, the Canes’ are just 22-32 (-526 units), making this team difficult to wager on because most refuse to lay more than -200, but you can’t rely on them to cover the goal and a half consistently. In Carolina’s last 10 games, they’ve averaged 4.3 gals per game while allowing just 2.4.
Based on those numbers, players have to ask themselves if they think the Capitals, without Ovechkin, will get to the 4-5 goal mark on the road against Hurricanes who are trying to hold off the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division. Let’s conclude our Capitals vs Hurricanes betting preview by offering the sharpest way to bet.
Bettors Need to Slash Through Conflicting Trends
As stated earlier, the Capitals are on a bit of an under run when facing opponents who are bringing enough steam into the game to put the game over by themselves. This might be an even more attractive option without Ovechkin in the lineup.
Fresh off a six-goal showing against the Montreal Canadiens, Carolina has rotated over/under results for eight straight games, setting up another angle that suggests the under is the way to go here. The under has also cashed four straight decisions when the Capitals are playing teams above .500, meaning there is a recent defensive emphasis against the better teams in the league.
Throw in the fact that Carolina has had trouble putting in two straight solid offensive efforts, which is why they tend to rotate total results. To close our Capitals vs Hurricanes betting preview we recommend playing the under, but be smart and wait because we suspect the public will be on the over, giving us a better number.
|Last Updated: 02/17/2023
|Hurricanes -205, Capitals +168
|Hurricanes +355 units (moneyline), Capitals -609 units
|Puck Line Record:
|Hurricanes -526 units (22-32), Capitals 29-28 -650 units
|Hurricanes 26-28, Capitals 23-31-2
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