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Moneyline favors Capitals in battle with Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes

Washington Capitals
15-16-9 January 02, 2014, 07:00 PM | Verizon Center 20-15-5

Washington will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Carolina Hurricanes pay a visit to Verizon Center.

The Hurricanes will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 15-16-9 this season, while the Capitals are 20-15-5. Carolina is 17-18-5 on the totals; Washington is 18-22.

View Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitals Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Capitals in this one found them earlier as -173 Favorite on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 12-rated Capitals and the No. 23-ranked Hurricanes, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Carolina won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Canadiens on December 31. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at +104 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Washington lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Senators on December 30. Bettors who backed the Senators at -118 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 3.05 goals per game, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.95 goals allowed. The Capitals power play is averaging 25.17% while the Hurricanes defense kills off 80.15% of their penalties.

Next up:
Carolina at New York, Saturday, January 4th
Washington at Minnesota, Saturday, January 4th