Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitals NHL Pick – March 28

The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey throughout March 28. Five games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.

Carolina has earned a record of 43-15-7 throughout this season, which has them in the top spot of the Metropolitan division. The Hurricanes are coming off a win in their last game, but have lost five of their last seven. Carolina has a five point lead on the top spot of the division with a game in hand. The Hurricanes will look to come out fast on the road in this one.

The Capitals have put up a record of 37-20-10 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Metropolitan division. Washington has won two in a row and six of their last eight. The Capitals are three points out of the third spot, but have played two extra games. Washington will look for an important two points at home.

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big two points on Monday night. The Hurricanes have been the better overall team on the season, but will look to break out of this losing funk. Washington will look to close the gap in the standings with a win. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Carolina Hurricanes -1 ½ (+180) -128 Over 6 (-111)
Washington Capitals +1 ½ (-210) +116 Under 6 (+101)

 

Team Data Carolina Hurricanes Washington Capitals
Overall Record 43-15-7 37-20-10
Away/ Home Record 19-10-3 16-13-5
Goals Per Game 3.31 3.27
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.31 3.12
Save Percentage .917 .904
Save Percentage Away/ Home .909 .893

Betting Trends

Carolina Hurricanes

  • 6-7 in March
  • 11-8 against divisional opponents
  • 17-9 after a non-Conference game
  • 18-6 after a win by two or more goals
  • 20-6 after scoring four goals or more
  • 22-14 against team with a winning record

Washington Capitals

  • 9-3 in March
  • 14-6 against divisional opponents
  • 8-11 after a divisional game
  • 8-4 after three or more straight overs
  • 16-16 after scoring four or more goals
  • 15-15 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up three times throughout this season. John Carlson had a goal and two assists in the first meeting, while Ilya Samsonov stopped 30 of 32 shots in the 4-2 win. Conor Sheary had two assists in the second game and Vitek Vanecek earned a 36 shot shutout as the Capitals won 4-0. Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and added a shootout winner as Washington won the third matchup 4-3.

Special Teams

The Hurricanes have been strong on both sides of special teams throughout this season. Carolina has scored on 47 of their 188 power play chances, which is a 25 percent power play. The Hurricanes have killed off 199 of their opponents 223 power play attempts, which is an 89.2 percent kill rate. Carolina is 5th on the power play and 1st on the kill.

Washington has been solid on special teams throughout the season. The Capitals have capitalized on 40 of their 201 power play opportunities, which is a 19.9 percent success rate. Washington has given up 36 power play goals on 183 penalties against, which is an 80.3 percent penalty kill. The Capitals are 19th on the man advantage and 14th on the penalty kill.

Carolina has the edge on special teams in this one, but will need to stay out of the box. Washington always poses a threat on the power play and have burned the Hurricanes this season. The Capitals will look to step up on the penalty kill against the Hurricanes hot power play. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Frederik Andersen will likely get the start in the crease for Carolina in this one. Andersen has earned a record of 31-10-3 throughout his 44 games played. He has posted a .926 save percentage and a GAA of 2.07 in those starts. Andersen’s last start was against the Dallas Stars. He stopped 12 of 15 shots in the losing effort.

I expect Vitek Vanecek to get the nod between the pipes for the Capitals on Monday night. Vanecek has started in 32 games this season, going 17-9-5 in those matchups. He has put up a save percentage of .917 and a 2.45 GAA in his outings. Vanecek finished with 35 saves on 38 shots in his last start against the New Jersey Devils, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Andersen has lost three of his last four starts and will look to bounce back in this one. Vanecek has won seven of his last nine starts and will look to remain hot. If either goalie can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this matchup. The Hurricanes have lost the first three games of the season series, but I think they can bounce back in this one. Washington has struggled at home this season. Carolina also has the edge on special teams and in net in this one. If the Hurricanes can come out fast, I like their chances to earn the win.

BetOnline has Carolina listed as a -128 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Hurricanes will win this game around 56.1 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with Carolina being the better team on the season. I expect the Hurricanes to set the pace early in this one. As slight favorites, I like the value on Carolina.

The Bet
Carolina Hurricanes
-128
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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