Washington Capitals vs. Arizona Coyotes Free Preview 2/15/20

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John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin, and the Washington Capitals will do battle against Taylor Hall, Nick Schmaltz, and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in an East-West tilt. The opening face-off takes place at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, and you can watch the game live on Fox Sports Arizona.

Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes Odds

The Capitals (-135) are tabbed as the favorites over the Coyotes (+115) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 over, -110 under).

Washington is 37-20 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 6.0 units this year. Through 57 regular season outings, 36 of its games have gone over the total, while 19 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the away team in 2019-20, the Caps are 21-7 SU.

Washington has converted on 20.9 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the fifth-best penalty kill in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 84.0 percent of all penalties..

With a .896 save percentage and 25.4 saves per game, Braden Holtby (22-17-4) has been the best option in goal for Washington this season. If head coach Todd Reirden chooses to rest him, however, Washington may roll with Ilya Samsonov (16-7-1), who has a .917 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average this year.

On the other side of the ice, Arizona is 28-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. 33 of its outings have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team’s 13-15 SU as the home team.

The Coyotes have converted on just 19.1 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.1 percent of all penalties.

Antti Raanta (27.6 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Coyotes. Raanta has 11 wins, 17 losses, and three OT losses and has recorded a .915 save percentage and 2.83 goals against average this season.

Washington Capitals vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Capitals, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The Coyotes are 5-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Capitals are 3-2 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in three of Arizona’s last five outings.
  • Seven of Washington’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
  • Washington skaters have dished out the league’s sixth-most hits per game (24.5).