Saturday afternoon NHL playoff action and we will see a pair of teams from the Metro Division square off as the Carolina Hurricanes duke it out with the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. This is game two of a best-of-seven series and it was the Capitals that took game one by a score of 4-2. The Caps took all four games between these teams during the regular season.
Canes Look To Even the Series
The Carolina Hurricanes went 21-9 over their last 30 games during the regular season, but they were not able to keep the momentum going in game one of the series as they fell by a score of 4-2. The Hurricanes will now look to get back on track and even up the series, but it will not be easy as they are 8-21 in their last 29 games against the Caps, including 2-9 in their last 11 games against them here in D.C. That all includes going 0-4 against the Caps during the regular season this year. Carolina certainly has its work cut out. Scoring in the loss was Andrei Svechnikov, who notched both goals and he now has 22 on the year.
Absorbing the loss was Petr Mrazek, who allowed three goals on 17 shot attempts. He was 23-17 with a 2.39 GAA during the regular season, including 11-11 with a 2.43 GAA one the road. In his career, he has gone 4-6 with a 1.88 GAA in the postseason, while against the Caps (Reg Sea) he has gone 3-7 with a 2.52 GAA, including 0-2 with a 2.56 GAA against them this year. Carolina has gone 22-20 out on the road for the year and they have averaged 2.83 gpg and have allowed 2.83 gpg in those games. During the regular season, the Hurricanes ranked 20th in power play conversions at 17.8% and 8th in penalty kill at 81.6%.
Caps Avoid The Upset Bug
There were game one upsets in Nashville, Boston, Winnipeg, and Tampa Bay, but not in the Nation’s Capital as the Caps grabbed a 1-0 series lead with a 4-2 win over the Canes. Including the regular season, Washington has now gone 5-0 against Carolina this year and they will look to keep it going as they continue their quest for back-to-back Stanley Cup Titles. Washington has been playing well of late as they have now won six of their last eight games overall and they are now 5-0 in their last five quarterfinal games. The Caps jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. Scoring in the win was Nicklas Backstrom, who scored twice and now has 24 on the year, Alex Ovechkin, which was his 52nd and Lars Eller, which was his 14th.
Snatching up the game-one win was Braden Holtby, who stopped 27 of the 29 shots that he faced. Holtby was 4-0 with a 2.21 GAA against the Canes during the regular season and is 16-6 with a 1.98 GAA against them in his career. He was 32-24 with a 2.82 GAA on the year overall, including 17-13 with a 2.60 GAA here at home. In his career, Holtby is 46-37 with a 2.04 GAA in his career in the postseason. Washington has gone 25-17 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.36 gpg and have allowed 2.69 gpg in those games. During the regular season, the Capitals ranked 12th in power play conversions at 20.8% and 24th in penalty kill at 78.9%.
- 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record
- 69-28 in their last 97 games as a favorite of -151 to -200
- 22-59 in their last 81 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog of +110 to +150