Hurricanes at Capitals 10/5/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 10/04/2019 at 11:34 PM ET

Hurricanes at Capitals 10/5/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

On Saturday, the Carolina Hurricanes visit the nation’s capital to play the Washington Capitals. Carolina opened its regular season with a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadians. Dougie Hamilton scored during the shootout and Petr Mrazek made three saves during the tiebreaker to help lift the Hurricanes to the win. Martin Necas and Lucas Wallmark scored for Carolina, while Mrazek stopped 33 shots in net.

Washington will be playing the second half of a back-to-back on Saturday after visiting the New York Islanders on Friday. Washington won its opening game of the season in overtime 3-2 on Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues. Jakub Vrana scored the game winner at 2:51 of the extra period giving the Capitals a win. Also scoring for Washington were Dmitry Orlov and Alex Ovechkin.

Erik Haula, Lucas Wallmark and Lucas Wallmark each have scored one goal for Carolina, while Dougie Hamilton leads the Hurricanes in assists with two and in points with two. Petr Mrazek is 1-0-0 with goals against of 2.77 and save percentage of .917.

Vrana, Orlov and Ovechkin each have scored one goal for the Capitals, while Lars Eller is the assists leader with two. Eller and John Carlson share the points lead for the Capitals with two apiece. Braden Holtby is 1-0-0 with goals against of 1.91 and save percentage of .909.

Carolina has problems winning on the road. The Hurricanes have lost 6 of the last 7 on the road and 6 of the last 7 as a road dog. Carolina has lost 8 of its last 10 overall dating back to last season. The Capitals on the other hand have won 14 of the last 18 when the favorite and 35 of the last 52 played on Saturday. Final Score Prediction, Washington Capitals win 6-3.

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