Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Nov 27, 2021

Frederik Andersen has worked his way into the Vezina Trophy conversation and is among the league leaders in wins, goals-against average and save percentage.

Washington
22-10-7-2
AT
November 28, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
PNC Arena
Carolina
27-8-2
Puckline +1.5 -188
Moneyline +128
Over / Under o +5.5

64%

Betting Action

36%

Puckline -1.5 +157
Moneyline -154
Over / Under u +5.5

64%

Betting Action

36%

Two of the four teams tied at the top of the NHL standings will go head-to-head Sunday afternoon when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Washington Capitals.  Both teams are coming off Friday wins, with the Caps downing Florida 4-3 and the Canes taking out Philadelphia 6-3.

Carolina opened as the favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Capitals vs. Hurricanes NHL Betting Odds

The Hurricanes and Capitals didn’t meet last year, but they did split their 2019-20 season series, with each team picking up one win at home and one on the road.  The Over/Under split evenly in the four games.

Washington has been consistent all season, winning eight of their last 10 games overall.  They’re 14-7 against the spread, covering in seven of 10 road dates.  The total has gone Under in eight of the Capitals’ last 12 road games.

The Hurricanes hold the highest win percentage of any NHL team this season and have won six of seven home games.  They’re 10-9 ATS overall, including 4-3 ATS at PNC Arena.  The total has gone Under in six of Carolina’s last nine games.

Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin‘s 28th career hat trick made the difference for Washington on Friday.  Ovechkin briefly left the game in the first period after being hit in the face with a puck, before returning to score the Capitals’ final three goals of the game.  Tom Wilson‘s short-handed marker open the scoring for Washington earlier.  Ovechkin is tied for second in NHL scoring with 36 points and second in goals with 18.  The 36-year-old has the most goals through 21 games of any player who is at least in their 17th NHL season.

Ilya Samsonov, who made 19 saves in Friday’s win, and Vitek Vanecek have split starts in net fairly evenly this season.  It’s unclear who will start Sunday, although Samsonov has the better numbers.  Samsonov is 8-0-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.  Vanecek is 4-3-4 with a 2.54 GAA and .906 SV.

Forwards T.J. Oshie (lower-body) and Conor Sheary (upper-body) as well as defenceman Justin Schultz (upper-body) all missed Friday’s game and likely won’t play Sunday.

Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina has been the best team in the NHL this season and a big part of that is balanced offence.  Sebastian Aho (10G, 10A) and Andrei Svechnikov (8G, 12) share the team lead with 20 points, while Tony DeAngelo (4G, 15A) is right behind them at 19.  The Hurricanes have six different players with double-digit points on the year and eight players with at least four goals.  Aho scored twice in Friday’s win, while Svechnikov, Jesper Fast, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Steven Lorentz also found the back of the net.

Antti Raanta stopped 20 of 23 shots on Friday, but Carolina will likely turn back to Frederik Andersen against Washington.  Andersen, who is 11-3-0, has worked his way into the Vezina Trophy conversation.  Among goalies with at least three starts this season, Andersen ranks in the top-10 in wins (11), GAA (1.90) and SV (.936).

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