Nashville Predators (31-23-2, fourth in the Central Division) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (36-12-8, first in the Central Division) Raleigh, North Carolina; Monday, 8 p.m. EDT FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Hurricanes -186, Predators +158; over/under is 5 BOTTOM LINE: The Carolina Hurricanes host Nashville after the Predators shut out Carolina 5-0. Pekka Rinne earned the victory in the net for Nashville after recording 30 saves.
Initial Impact of the Filip Forsberg Trade After the trade, the two participating teams went in opposite directions: the Capitals won 10 of their final 11 games, while Nashville only won once in 12 contests. Erat played in nine of the Capitals’ last 11 games and registered one goal and two assists alongside Ovechkin and Backstrom. Washington finished the year with a 27-17-3 record to win the Southeast Division and faced the six-seed New York Rangers in the first round of the 2013 NHL Playoffs.
"We played them four or five times without their full lineup. You could tell it was a big difference," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour pointed out. "When they got healthy, they kind of got their game going.