Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 10/31/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Monday, October 31, 2022
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (+146) Hurricanes (-176)
The Carolina Hurricanes (5-2-1) will try to beat the Washington Capitals (5-4-0) at PNC Arena on Monday. The line on this contest has the Capitals at +146 and the Hurricanes are opening at -176. The over/under is 7.
The Washington Capitals were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 2-0 loss to the Stars their last time out. The Capitals had a below average offensive performance in the defeat. In the game, they walked away having not converted any of the 27 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 3 power play tries but weren't able to net one. Washington accrued 8 penalty minutes in this matchup.
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Regarding their scoring capabilities, the Washington Capitals have racked up 28 goals (12th in the National Hockey League) this year and have allowed 26. For the current season, they sit with 10 points and their points percentage is sitting at .556. Washington steps onto the ice with 30 power play opportunities and they have notched 6 goals during those chances, garnering them a percentage of 20.00%. While playing at even strength, the Capitals have allowed the opponent to score 21 goals while scoring 22 on the offensive side of the ice. Washington has attempted 260 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.8%. The Capitals thus far have had 293 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .911. Washington Capitals opponents have recorded 27 power play opportunities (26th in the NHL) and have notched 5 goals in those attempts.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Darcy Kuemper. Kuemper has been in goal for 306 games throughout his hockey career. He has amassed an overall record of 147-98-36 and he has gotten the start in 289 games. The opposition has scored 715 goals against Kuemper in his NHL career and his goals against average per contest is 2.48. Kuemper has seen 8,694 shot attempts against him and has recorded 7,979 total saves. His save percentage is at .918 in his 17,271 mins in the crease. Over the course of his time in hockey, Kuemper has 163 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .564.
In their last contest, Carolina squared up with the Canucks in an outing where the Hurricanes got the win by a final score of 3-2. The Hurricanes earned 3 goals out of the 39 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play attempts in this game and recorded 1 out of those chances.
Carolina has put up 291 shots (12th in the NHL) and has a shot percentage of 8.93%, while allowing their opponents 216 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 80.00% on their opponents 30 power play chances, and their save percentage currently comes in at 89.4%. They have earned 29 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 17.24%. The Hurricanes have accumulated 21 goals at even strength and 5 goals (22nd in the NHL) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 23 goals to be scored by of a combination of 17 goals at even strength and 6 goals while they had less men on the ice. This season, the Carolina Hurricanes have earned a total of 26 goals, 11 points, as well as a points percentage of .688.
Across the ice you will find Antti Raanta patrolling the crease. Raanta holds a career mark of 110-70-25 and has been in goal for 229 contests. Raanta's quality start rate is 62.5% and he has qualified for 130 quality starts in his pro career. He has recorded 5,742 stops out of 6,251 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .919. His opposition is averaging 2.45 goals/game and he has relinquished 509 goals in total. He got the starting nod in 208 games and has played for a total of 12,444 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Washington (+146)
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