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Murph’s Lock April 13: Game 2: Carolina Hurricanes @ Washington Capitals (3 PM ET, NBC)
In Game 1, the Capitals reminded the Hurricanes that they’re still the Hurricanes and Washington is still the Stanley Cup Champions! Yes, the Hurricanes made it a game, but the Caps squashed that short-lived momentum and took a 1-0 series lead with a 4-2 win, covering the puck line as we predicted here. Well, we are urging you to take the puck line again in Game 2 Saturday!
With the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeni Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson up front and then assist leader John Carlson on the back end, the Capitals have too much skill and grit for this young and inexperienced Carolina team. Let’s not forget Braden Holtby between the pipes and the read here is it will be a long afternoon for the Hurricanes in Washington Saturday. They will fall to 0-6-0 (playoffs and regular season) to the Capitals this season and head home down 2-0 in the series.
Pick: Capitals -1.5 (+165)
Here’s my other Stanley Cup playoffs opening night picks and series picks for each:
Game 2: Dallas Stars @ Nashville Predators (6 PM ET, CNBC)
Pick: Draw (+280)
*Draw means game goes to overtime
Game 2: Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins (8 PM ET, NBC)
Pick: Maple Leafs in regulation (+185)
Game 2: Colorado Avalanche @ Calgary Flames (10:30 PM ET, NBCSN)
Pick: Under 6 (-103)
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