The Carolina Hurricanes have kept their game at a high pace, and their momentum is building. However, this last stretch of the season has not been ideal for them. With a 43-15-7 overall season record, the Hurricanes are now searching for that last glint of consistency that might allow them to hold on to the top of the Metropolitan Division. Today, the Hurricanes are ready to head to DC to face the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena.
The Hurricanes might be in the ideal spot to lead their way to the next stage. For the Capitals, a fourth spot in the Metropolitan Division is setting them up for high hopes of making it into the postseason. Therefore, the Capitals might view their last game against the top division team as the perfect chance to make it higher in the conference standings.
The Hurricanes have had a strong season. However, their last stretch has not been a clear reflection of what the team achieved throughout most of their games. The Hurricanes are now 2-1 after a four-game losing streak.
That might seem like a mild climb. Yet, most changes tend to be gradual, which is what Carolina’s top man on the ice is trying to prove. Center Sebastian Aho continues to lead the Hurricanes with 28 goals and 26 assists for 64 points.
The Hurricanes are just three points ahead of Pittsburgh and are still seven points away from today’s rival, the Capitals. As a result, wins have become more critical if the Hurricanes intend to hold on to the lead spot in the division.
The Capitals are too close to reaching the top seeds in the conference to cease their efforts and remain as number four simply. Just seven points away from the Hurricanes, the Capitals are ready to keep rising.
Left-wing Alex Ovechkin has kept pushing the Capitals forward and now stands with 42 points and 36 assists for 78 points. For Ovechkin, the season is not yet over, and they won’t settle for anything less than being at the very top of the conference standings.
The Capitals are now 2-0 and recovering after two consecutive defeats to the Stars and the Blues. Before that, the Capitals were able to get consecutive wins that have allowed them to remain at the top of the Metropolitan Division.
The Hurricanes might be leading the division standings, but the Capitals are not far behind. For Carolina, the total has gone under in ten of their last 15 games. As for Washington, the total has gone over in ten of their previous 11 games.
The Hurricanes are on the last stretch. If they wish to hold on to their lead spot, they will need to find their way back to more solid consistency. The Hurricanes will put their 19-10-3 road record to the test and visit the Capitals as the season approaches its end. For Washington, this might be one of their last chances to surpass a top team. With a 16-13-5 home record, the Capitals will rely on everything in their lineup to get a solid home win over the Hurricanes tonight.