After avoiding falling into a devastating 0-3 hole by getting the huge win the last time out, the Carolina Hurricanes will now look to even their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Now, let’s find out if the Canes are the pick to take care of business at home or whether the Caps are a better NHL Betting pick as a slight road dog.
Capitals vs Hurricanes 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds & Game 4 Pick
- When: Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
- TV: NBCSN
- 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds: Washington +110 /Carolina -130 (Total 6)
Why Bet On Washington?Despite being on the wrong end of an embarrassing 5-0 shutout loss against Carolina on Monday, there are a bunch of good reasons to bet on Washington in game 4, starting with the fact that the Caps have followed up each of their last three losses with a victory.
First and foremost, Washington is by far, the better offensive team in this first round pairing and they’ve simply got the better, deeper and more experienced roster as well with stalwarts like superstar Alex Ovechkin and wily veterans like Nicklas Backstrom, Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov, not to mention they’ve got the edge at goalie with Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby minding their net.
“We’re a team that’s together and I expect that will be part of our response,” Reirden said following their Game 3 loss.
Combine all of that with the fact that the Caps will be highly motivated following their Game 3 loss and it’s easy to see why Washington looks like a value-packed pick in Game 4.
“We just stopped playing. We can’t play like that if we want to win. We’re better than that,” said Ovechkin.
- Goals: 3.36
- Shots: 30.14
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.56
- Goals: 3.05
- Shots: 31.60
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.17
Why Bet On Carolina?The best reason to bet on Carolina in Game 4 is that they got a huge boost in confidence by smacking Washington around on Monday night. In addition to that, the Hurricanes got a much-needed break with two days off between Games 3 and 4.
“We needed the two days, though,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Part of you says it would be great to go right back at it and play. But there was a huge emotional investment in that game for our guys.”
Rookie Warren Foegele scored twice in Game 3 and added an assist while defenseman Dougie Hamilton also added a pair of goals while goalie Petr Mrazek made 18 saves to get the win.
Unfortunately, Carolina will be without prized rookie Andrei Svechnikov after the 19-year-old was knocked unconscious following his Game 1 fight against Ovechkin. Svechnikov is still in the league’s concussion protocol.
“We’re going to be real careful. We’re certainly not going to rush him back,” Brind’Amour said of the young Russian.
- Goals: 3.00
- Shots: 34.39
- PP/PK Percentage: 18.08
- Goals: 2.72
- Shots: 28.36
- PP/PK Percentage: 18.33
Capitals vs Hurricanes 2019 NHL Betting Playoffs Betting Trends
- Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Carolina
- Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Carolina
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 9 games on the road
- Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina’s last 5 games at home
Expert Analysis & Final Score Prediction for Capitals vs HurricanesDespite their stunning Game 3 loss, I’m going to urge you to back the Washington Capitals to win Game 4 because of all the reasons I previously listed. Not only do the Capitals have more overall talent and experience on their roster, but the Caps have gone 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog and a bankroll-boosting 11-4 in their last 15 playoff games as an underdog overall.
I know the Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite and10-3 in their last 13 playoff games as a favorite, but Carolina is just 1-5 in their last six home games against Washington and 7-19 in the last 26 meetings overall. While the home team has won five of the last six meetings, including all three games in this playoff series, I like Washington to get the big victory in Game 4.
Score: Washington Capitals 4 – Carolina Hurricanes 2