Preview: Washington at Carolina

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Friday, February 27, 2015
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Matchup Edge
WAS Edge in: CAR
Offense
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Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Washington Capitals look to avoid a third straight loss when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Washington has followed a four-game winning streak with back-to-back one-goal losses at Philadelphia and against Pittsburgh, putting itself in danger of its first three-game slide since dropping four in a row from Jan. 16-27. Captain Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 39th goal in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Penguins, which put Pittsburgh three points ahead of the Capitals for the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division.

Carolina seeks its third consecutive win at home after topping Toronto and Philadelphia, limiting both to one goal. Defenseman Justin Faulk recorded a goal and an assist while Cam Ward made 24 saves in his 500th career game as the Hurricanes skated past the Flyers 4-1 on Tuesday for their third victory in five overall contests. Washington edged Carolina by one tally in each of their first two meetings this season, including a 2-1 triumph in Raleigh on Dec. 4.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN-DC (Washington), FSN Carolinas

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (33-19-10): Ovechkin's goal on Wednesday came on the power play, a category he also leads with 18. The 29-year-old superstar, who is vying for his fifth career Maurice Richard Trophy - and third in a row - has collected 25 goals over a span in which he has tallied in 20 of his last 31 games. Nicklas Backstrom has been kept off the scoresheet in two straight games but still owns a share of the NHL scoring lead with 64 points.

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (22-30-7): Carolina will be playing its first game since beginning its fire sale. The Hurricanes made a pair of trades Wednesday, sending Jiri Tlusty to Winnipeg and defenseman Andrej Sekera to Los Angeles. In return, the club received a third-round pick in the 2016 draft and either a fifth- or sixth-rounder this year from the Jets while obtaining defenseman Roland McKeown and a first-round selection in either 2015 or 2016 from the Kings.

OVERTIME

1. Carolina is 15th in the Eastern Conference but has played well of late, going 12-7-3 since the beginning of January.

2. Washington may start former Carolina G Justin Peters, who is just 3-5-1 this season but has recorded one of his wins against the Hurricanes.

3. McKeown has recorded four goals and 20 assists in 54 games with Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League this season.

PREDICTION: Capitals 5, Hurricanes 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Washington 33-19-6-4 L2 17-8-2-3 16-11-4-1 5-3-1-0 28-16-5-4 13-6-4-0
Carolina 22-30-2-5 W1 13-11-0-3 9-19-2-2 2-4-0-0 20-26-2-5 6-11-1-2

Last Meeting

Washington Carolina
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/4/14 WAS 2 CAR 1 28 29 0-2 30 26 0-0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
WAS J. Beagle 1
CAR J. Harrison 1
Goals Player  
WAS J. Beagle 1
CAR A. Semin 1
Assists Player  
WAS J. Chimera 1
CAR J. Harrison 1
Saves Player  
WAS B. Holtby 29
CAR A. Khudobin 26
Season
Total Points Player  
WAS N. Backstrom 64
CAR J. Faulk 38
Goals Player  
WAS A. Ovechkin 39
CAR E. Staal 18
Assists Player  
WAS N. Backstrom 46
CAR J. Faulk 27
Saves Player  
WAS B. Holtby 1368
CAR C. Ward 970

Quickchart Matchup

Washington Off vs  Carolina Def
2.92 GF
2.61 GA
29.6 Shots
27.7 Shots
45 PP
18 PK
Carolina Off vs  Washington Def
2.2 GF
2.45 GA
30.1 Shots
28.7 Shots
33 PP
39 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 125 -138
-115
5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag 140 -160
-130
5
Sportsbook.ag
140
-160
-130
5
5Dimes 136 -146
-115
5
GTbets.eu 130 -150
-120
5
Top Bet 125
-145
-130
5
BetOnline.ag 132 -146
-117
5
BetDSI 130 -150
-115
5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com 125 -155
-124
5
Superbook.ag OFF OFF OFF
BookMaker 130 -150
-115
5
Vegas Odds
Westgate Las Vegas Superbook 135 -145
110
5
Mirage 130 -150
110
5
Station 125 -145
105
5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Washington Overall Carolina
33-19-6-4 W/L 22-30-2-5
29-33 ATS 37-22
28-33 O/U 17-34
2.92 Goals For 2.20
2.45 Goals Agnst 2.61
Washington A/H Carolina
16-11-4-1 W/L 13-11-0-3
18-14 ATS 14-13
13-18 O/U 4-20
2.88 Goals For 2.15
2.56 Goals Agnst 2.07