Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capitals Matchup Preview 11/3/19

Posts AdminArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two teams currently on winning streaks, the Calgary Flames and the Washington Capitals meet at Capital One Arena. Sportsnet will showcase this cross-continent matchup, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 3.

Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals Odds

Moneyline and Over/Under (O/U) odds have not yet been posted for this matchup.

The Capitals are 10-5 straight up (SU) and have earned 4.2 units for moneyline bettors this season. That win percentage, ranked third in the NHL so far this season, isn’t too far off from to what the team posted during last year’s regular season (48-34). Through 15 regular season matches, 11 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while four have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 3-3 SU at home this year.

Washington has converted on 25.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated fifth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 85.7 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, Washington has been penalized 4.3 times per game this season. Last year, the club posted the figure in the league with 3.8 penalties per game. After serving an average of 9.0 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for 9.8 minutes per outing this season.

Averaging 26.5 saves per game with a .895 save percentage, Braden Holtby (six wins, five losses, and three OT losses) has been the primary option in goal for the Capitals this year. If they, however, choose to rest him, head coach Todd Reirden might go with Ilya Samsonov (4-1-1 record, .913 save percentage, 2.46 goals against average).

John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin will each lead the charge for the Capitals. Carlson (23 points) has tallied seven goals and 16 assists and has recorded two or more points on eight different occasions this year. Ovechkin has 11 goals and eight assists to his credit and has notched a point in 11 contests.

On the visitors’ side of the ice, Calgary is 8-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of eight of its matches have gone under the total, while six have gone over and just one has pushed. As the road team, Calgary is 4-6 SU so far.

Calgary has converted on just 16.0 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 third overall and it’s successfully killed off 88.1 percent of all opponent power plays.

Calgary’s players have been called for penalties 4.4 times per game this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 7.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.

David Rittich (29.8 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for Calgary. Rittich owns a 7-6-2 record, and has registered a .915 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average this year.

Matthew Tkachuk (seven goals, seven assists) and Johnny Gaudreau (three goals, 11 assists) are the top point-getters for Calgary and will pace the attack for the visiting Flames.

Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Capitals, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in each of their last five outings.
  • The Flames are 5-3 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Capitals are 6-1 SU in games where they serve more minutes than their opponent.
  • Calgary skaters have created 6.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 7.7 takeaways per game (ranked 11th).