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Capitals Looking to Recapture Control of First-Round Series With Hurricanes at Capital One Arena

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes in the third period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on April 18, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Coming off consecutive losses in Raleigh, the Washington Capitals will look to gain the upper-hand in their series with the Carolina Hurricanes at home tonight with each team possessing two games apiece. Sportsbooks opened the Capitals as -135 home favorites with a total of 5.5 for Game 5.

Hurricanes vs Capitals Game Center

Standout Stats

  • Washington will be without forward T.J. Oshie, who is sidelined indefinitely after he was sent shoulder-first into the boards during Thursday’s 2-1 setback in Game 4 by Warren Foegele. Oshie was the Capitals’ second-leading goal scorer (25) during the regular season despite missing 12 games with concussion-like symptoms.
  • Speaking of Foegele, the 23-year-old is not facing any additional discipline from the league. Foegele opened the scoring 17 seconds into Game 4 and has four points (three goals, one assist) in the past two games.
  • Rookie Andrei Svechnikov is expected to miss his second straight game tonight after getting injured in a fight with Washington Capitan Alex Ovechkin in Game 3.
  • Carolina goaltender Petr Mrazek has been outstanding the past two games, as the Czech Republic native has turned aside 48 of 49 shots in Games 3 and 4.
  • The Capitals reached out to their AHL affiliate to recall forward Devante Smith-Pelly from the Hershey Bears ahead of tonight’s game. Smith-Pelly matched his regular-season total by scoring seven goals in the playoffs in 2018 to help the Caps win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

My best bet for Hurricanes-Capitals

Capitals moneyline

The Caps have been a different team at home compared to on the road, and despite their two-game skid away from home, I’m backing them to regain control of the series in Game 5. I can’t see a team as talented as Washington dropping three straight in the first round, so give me the Capitals at home.