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That was certainly a night to forget. Last night’s picks went 0 for 2 and in very surprising fashion. We just missed out on the OVER 5.5 between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs but the major surprise came later in the evening when the Ottawa Senators shut out the L.A. Kings 1-0. That marks two straight shutouts for the Senators and on back-to-back nights on the West Coast no less. Very impressive hockey played by Ottawa and even more impressive goaltending from rookie netminder Andrew Hammond. Although it was shocking to see this occur, I actually don’t fault myself too much over this one as just about nobody could have predicted Ottawa would pull a magic act and pull off such a feat. A slow start to the scoring between the Flyers and Leafs is what doomed us there as Philadelphia scored two third period goals in a comeback attempt however we just couldn’t get the tying goal or the empty net goal to seal a victory. A rough night to say the least but it happens sometimes so the only remedy is to move on a look forward to tonight’s action in the NHL.
Washington Capitals @ Carolina Hurricanes
My Pick – CAPITALS (-145)
The Washington Capitals will attempt to get back on track tonight after back to back losses as they visit the rebuilding Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. Carolina has already made some noise in the trade market as they dealt pending unrestricted free agents Andrej Sekera and Jiri Tlustly to contenders and began their preparations for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in June. Washington is winners of six straight road games and coming in to this game this is definitely two points that they need to have. The Hurricanes, like a lot of sellers at this time of the year aren’t exactly fielding strong rosters for the final 20 or so games in the season while the playoff contenders are entering the time frame where it is put up or shut up if you plan on playing past game number 82. Carolina boasts the league’s top penalty killing unit however the dynamite Capitals powerplay has scored five powerplay goals over their last 13 attempts during a five-game winning streak at Carolina. Washington’s 23.4% powerplay ranks 3rd best in the league and much of that has to do with the hottest player in the league right now in Alex Ovechkin. Ovi has 39 goals this season to pace the entire NHL and he is doing it in typical Ovi fashion. He is as lethal as ever playing the left point with the man advantage and his linemate Niklas Backstrom has 46 assists on the season and is once again one of the quietest superstars the league has to offer. In fact, Backstrom has 64 points but you definitely would not know it with all the attention Ovechkin receives, but it’s hard to argue that the attention is unwarranted. Braden Holtby is a career 3-0-0 at Carolina with a sparkling 2.0 goals against average and it’s very likely that the Capitals workhorse goaltender will improve upon that mark this evening. Take the Capitals to win their seventh in a row on the road and sixth in a row at Carolina tonight against a lowly Hurricanes squad.