A pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off in this first-round NHL playoff contest and we will see the Washington Capitals duke it out with the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Capitals lead this best-of-seven series 2-0.
Caps Look For 3-0 Series Lead
The Washington Capitals did not look like the dominant team they have been the past two seasons, but they played very well down the stretch and won their 4th consecutive Metro Division title. Te Caps dominated the Carolina Hurricanes during the regular season as they won all four meetings and they have followed that up by winning the first two games of this series. The Caps have now won 35 of the last 52 games in this series and they have won their last five games here in Carolina. Can they keep it going? We shall see. In the last game, the Caps won by a score of 4-3 in OT and notching the game-winner was Brooks Orpik, which was just his 3rd goal of the season. Also scoring in the win was Nicklas Backstrom, which was his 25th of the year, T.J. Oshie, which was his 26th, and Tom Wilson, which was his 23rd.
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Grabbing the win in game two was Braden Holtby, who stopped 25 of the 28 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 15-11 with a 3.07 GAA on the road. In his career, Holtby is 47-37 with a 2.05 GAA in his career in the postseason. Washington has gone 24-17 out on the road for the year and they have averaged 3.34 gpg and have allowed 3.34 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%.
Canes Look For First Win Of The Series
Not only are the Carolina Hurricanes looking for their first win of this series, but they are also looking for their first win against the Capitals this year. The Hurricanes lost all four regular-season games against the Caps and have now lost the first two games of this series. Carolina is in the postseason for the first time in 10 years, but unless they figure out how to beat the Caps, it will be a short stay for them. The Hurricanes were one of the better teams in the league over the 2nd half of the season, but now they are fighting to stay in this first-round series. Scoring in their game-three loss was Lucas Wallmark, which was his 11th of the year, Sebastian Aho, which was his 31st and Jordan Staal, which was his 12th.
Absorbing the loss was Petr Mrazek, who allowed four goals on 33 shot attempts. He was 23-17 with a 2.39 GAA during the regular season, including 12-6 with a 2.33 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 4-8 with a 2.23 GAA in the postseason, while against the Caps (Reg Season) 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 24-17 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.07 gpg and have allowed 2.59 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%.
- 11-3 in their last 14 playoff games as an underdog
- 57-28 in their last 85 vs. the Eastern Conference
- 4-10 in their last 14 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days
- 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record