The Peerless Prognosticator is ON THE AIR!!!
It’s another back-to-back tilt, tonight’s being a visit to ‘Cane Country to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s the last meeting of the clubs for the year, and the Hurricanes hold a 4-3 edge in games won, and a 24-20 edge in goals scored.
Oddly, in none of the seven games has the result been decided by one goal. In fact, every game has been decided by three goals or more – the hockey equivalent of Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed throwing nothing but head shots. The pattern of wins and losses is rather interesting, too. The clubs have alternated wins in each of the past four games, each club going 1-1 on home ice.
The Hurricanes will enter the game on a similar roller-coaster over their last ten games, having gone 5-4-1. They have managed to outscore their opponents 26-19 over this stretch, but seven of those goals came in their last outing, a 7-2 whuppin’ put on the New Jersey Devils.in the Meadowlands on St. Patrick’s Day.
Goaltending hasn’t been a problem for
Scoring first appears to matter for the Hurricanes, lately. In five games in which
These clubs know each other well, as you would expect of divisional opponents. And, given the patterns in the previous seven games, it’s late in the season to expect things to change than much. What is suggests is that it’s the Caps’ turn. If they can break through on the power play (5-for-30 against
Caps 5 – Hurricanes 2