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Hurricanes vs. Capitals Playoff Odds, Betting Preview: Carolina Is Dangerous

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James Guillory, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Tom Wilson, Sebastian Aho

  • The Washington Capitals are -160 favorites over the Carolina Hurricanes in Round 1 of the NHL Playoffs.
  • Are the Hurricanes a good play at these odds? Michael Leboff analyzes what figures to be a high-octane matchup.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals Series Betting Odds

Hurricanes odds: +140
Capitals odds: -160

The defending Stanley Cup Champions will open the 2019 playoffs against the team nobody wanted to see in the first round, the Carolina Hurricanes.

This is Carolina’s first appearance in the tournament since 2009, but this has been a long time coming. Big things have been expected of the Canes, as the team is dripping with talent and its underlying numbers have been stellar for the better part of five seasons now.

The Capitals don’t boast impressive peripheral numbers, but they didn’t last season, either. Washington’s talent level is such that it can beat its underlying numbers, but the Hurricanes are a bear to match up against.

Both of these teams were dealt an injury blow toward the end of the season.

The Caps will be without Michal Kempny, who was playing top-pair minutes with John Carlson, for the entire playoffs. While Kempny isn’t what you’d call a household name, he’s been crucial for the Capitals all season and played a big role in last season’s triumph. His loss will have a pretty big impact as the Caps were already pretty thin on the blueline.

The Hurricanes lost Calvin de Haan, a solid No. 4 defenseman, to a shoulder injury. His season is also done, but the Hurricanes have some serious depth on defense and are in a better position to deal with this test than the Capitals.

The general sentiment around this series will be similar to what we saw last spring when the Caps won the division and then played the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round 1. I thought Washington was ripe for the taking in that matchup, and it went down 2-0 after two home losses, but in the end were able to recover and run to the Cup.

The Hurricanes led the league in expected goals for per 60 minutes and expected goal differential per 60 this season. The Canes do give up scoring chances, but they usually create enough on their own to make up for that.

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