NHL Betting: Form Book Points To a Washington Win In Carolina

Carolina Hurricanes 2.30, the tie 3.80, Washington Capitals 2.70

Currently riding back to back wins Washington need to turn that into five by Sunday night or they will surely be missing out on the postseason.

The Caps certainly showed their desire during a critical 4-1 victory over St Louis on Tuesday, no surprises that three of those came from Ovechkin and Backstrom combining. Carolina's own charge never really materialised and I think the long term injuries to defencemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason proved too significant.

Not to totally excuse their roster though as a number of players have underperformed and regressed from previous heights, the organisation really needs the likes of Ryan Murphy and Elias Lindholm to develop through. Jeff Skinner is one exception to the failures and the baby-faced winger has been a nemesis for the Caps this season with five goals in the four games against them.

Curiously all of those season series contests have gone to the road side, that becomes even more surprising when you consider both of these clubs have losing away records. Taking the clubs in a must-win situation hasn't always worked out this week but even the form book dictates it has to be Washington here.


Vancouver Canucks 2.65, the tie 3.75, Colorado Avalanche 2.35

Time to ring the changes in Vancouver as Rogers Arena firmly let itself be heard during the 3-0 loss to Anaheim three nights ago, a loss that confirmed their absence from the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Installing a club legend as Club President; incidentally a move that has paid immediate dividends for the Avalanche, was the first port of call with Trevor Linden taking on the new role as GM Mike Gillis was swiftly relieved of his duties.

Quotes from Linden yesterday only seemed to confirm the notion he'd be uncomfortable moving forward with current coach John Tortorella (the same opinion as many of the players if speculation is to be believed) and I very much doubt that any of this is going to help them go down swinging.

Incredibly considering their 29th placed finish last year it's still possible for Colorado to finish top of the league with three outings remaining, Boston may just be out of reach for that honour but seven wins and a regulation loss from the last eight means they could definitely overhaul St Louis for the Central.

Pulling off this latest run without star center Matt Duchene as well as a few other significant injuries shows their offensive depth and flat resilience. I think it's fair to say the tables have turned in a rivalry that the Canucks have controlled in recent years, back Colorado to savour another victory at 2.45.

Best Bet: Washington Capitals to win at 2.70