Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals 11/8/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 11/7/2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET
Verizon Center in Washington DC
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On Saturday night, the Carolina Hurricanes will go on the road to take on the Washington Capitals in a game between two struggling Metropolitan Division teams.
The Hurricanes and the Capitals played each other five times last season, with the Hurricanes winning three of those games. Carolina won their first two matchups against the Caps early last season by the combined score of 7-3, but Washington was able to win two of the last three games, including a 5-2 road win late in the season.
Hurricanes center Eric Staal has 24 goals and 42 assists in his 64 games against the Capitals, while Jiri Tlusty has eight goals and 12 points against them in 24 games. Goaltender Cam Ward has done well against the Caps in his career, going 16-12-4 with a 2.56 GAA and a .921 save percentage.
The Capitals started the season off near the top of the standings, but their defense has been to blame for their recent struggles. Going into their game against the Hurricanes, Washington is just 2-2-3 on home ice.
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin seems to like facing the Hurricanes as he's scored 27 goals and accumulated 70 points against them in 57 games. Center Nicklas Backstrom has 45 points in 37 games against them, while defenseman Mike Green has 14 goals and nine assists in his 41 games against Carolina.
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Trends
Carolina Hurricanes are 3-8-0 Against the Spread
Carolina Hurricanes are 5-4-0 against the Over/Under
Washington Capitals Betting Trends
Washington Capitals are 4-8-0 Against the Spread
Washington Capitals are 7-5-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
11/04/14 LW Jiri Tlusty Concussion injured last game, "?" Friday vs Columbus
11/06/14 C Brooks Laich Shoulder is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Chicago
10/24/14 D John Erskine Neck out 3-6 months
10/08/14 D Dmitry Orlov Wrist out indefinitely
10/06/14 LW Aaron Volpatti Neck out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Washington
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