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Two clubs that are facing each other for the final time this season, the Edmonton Oilers and the Washington Capitals meet at Capital One Arena for an East-West matchup. Sportsnet will showcase the matchup, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 12.

Edmonton Oilers at Washington Capitals Odds

Producing 0.3 units for moneyline bettors, the Capitals are 9-8 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That win percentage, ranked second in the Metropolitan Division so far this season, is a noticeable slide from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (55-27). Through 17 regular season matches, nine of the team’s games have gone over the total, while eight have gone under and none have pushed. So far this year, the team is 4-3 SU at home. Washington’s converted on 19.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 23rd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all penalties. Washington, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties 4.9 times per game overall this season, and 4.2 per game over its last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for 9.6 minutes per contest over its last five home games. Sporting a .924 save percentage and 29.5 saves per game, Braden Holtby (9-3) has been the best goalkeeper for the Capitals this year. If they choose to give him the night off, however, the team could go with the winless Philipp Grubauer (0-6-6 record, .886 save percentage, 3.70 goals against average). The Caps will continue to rely on offensive production from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin. Kuznetsov (19 points) is up to three goals and 16 assists and has recorded multiple points in five different games this year. Ovechkin has 13 goals and six assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 10 contests. On the other side of the ice, Edmonton is 6-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of nine of its outings have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. Edmonton’s 3-4 SU as the visiting team this season. Edmonton has converted on just 14.9 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places it in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 32nd overall and it’s successfully killed off 69.8 percent of all opponent power plays. Edmonton’s players have been penalized 3.9 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five contests. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Cam Talbot (28.2 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Edmonton. Talbot has six wins, nine losses, and one OT loss to his credit, while registering a .912 save percentage and 2.91 goals against average this year. Connor McDavid (seven goals, 12 assists) has been one of the top facilitators on offense for the visiting Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers at Washington Capitals Free Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Capitals, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The total has gone under in four of Washington’s last five outings.
  • Edmonton has managed 28.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Washington is averaging 32.4 shots per game over its last five home outings.
  • The Oilers are 4-5 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Capitals are 4-6 SU in games where they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
  • Washington skaters have averaged 10.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 6.8 takeaways per game (ranked 20th in the league).
  • Edmonton skaters have averaged 7.8 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 9.2 takeaways per game (ranked seventh overall).