Two clubs that split their season series (one win apiece) a year ago, the Arizona Coyotes and the Washington Capitals clash at Capital One Arena in an East-West matchup. The game gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 6 and it will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports Arizona.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Washington Capitals Odds
Washington (-235) is currently the favorite over Arizona (+195), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).
The Capitals are 7-7 straight up (SU) and have lost 1.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 55-27 record that the team managed during last year’s regular season campaign. Among the team’s 14 games this season, nine have gone over the total, while five have gone under and none have pushed. The team’s 2-3 SU at home thus far.
Washington has converted on 18.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.6 percent of all penalties.
Washington, as a collective unit, has been penalized 4.9 times per game this season. Last year, the club posted the mark in the league with 4.1 penalties per game. After serving an average of 9.3 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has been forced to kill penalties for a taxing 12.4 minutes per matchup this year.
Averaging 30.3 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, Braden Holtby (7-3) has been the top goalkeeper for the Capitals this season. If they, however, choose to give him a rest, Washington could turn to the winless Philipp Grubauer (0-5-5 record, .876 save percentage, 4.08 goals against average).
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin will each lead the charge for the Capitals. Kuznetsov (16 points) is up to three goals and 13 assists and has recorded two or more points four times this year. Ovechkin has 11 goals and five assists to his credit and has recorded a point in seven contests.
Just like Washington, Arizona has been unfavorable to bettors despite a good record. The team has lost 11.4 units for moneyline bettors this year, even though it’s posted a 2-13 straight up (SU) record. Through 15 regular season outings, 11 of its games have gone over the total, while three have gone under and just one has pushed. Arizona’s 1-7 SU as an away team this season.
Arizona has converted on just 15.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully killed off 72.2 percent of all penalties.
Arizona’s skaters have been penalized only 2.9 times per game this season, a number that has improved drastically over the 4.0 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 9.9 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for only 6.5 minutes per outing this year.
The winless Louis Domingue (.856 save percentage and 4.33 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Domingue is averaging 23.7 saves per game and has zero wins and seven losses to his credit.
Clayton Keller (10 goals, six assists) will lead the attack for the visiting Coyotes.
Arizona Coyotes at Washington Capitals Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Capitals, O/U – Under
- The over has hit in three of Washington’s last five outings.
- The Coyotes are 1-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 2-11 in games where they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.