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Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and the Washington Capitals will face off against Nick Schmaltz, Clayton Keller, and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in an East-West showdown. Fox Arizona Plus will broadcast the game, and the opening face-off takes place at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 6.

Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes Odds

Each side currently has an identical -110 moneyline in this matchup, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -125 under, +105 over.

Washington is 15-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 27 regular season outings, 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 10 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2018-19 Capitals team is 7-6 SU on the road.

Washington has converted on 26.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 26th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off only 76.2 percent of its penalties..

Sporting a .907 save percentage and 27.9 saves per game, Braden Holtby (10-10-3) has been the top option in goal for Washington this season. If head coach Todd Reirden chooses to rest him, however, Washington could roll with Pheonix Copley (6-3-1 record, .899 save percentage, 3.06 goals against average).

Arizona is 13-13 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 14 of its games have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 6-7 SU as the home team.

The Coyotes have converted on just 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and it’s successfully killed off 90.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Antti Raanta (26.5 saves per game) has been the primary selection in goal for the Coyotes. Raanta has six wins and six losses to his name and has recorded a subpar .906 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average this season.

Washington Capitals vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Picks

Pick: SU Winner \u2013 Capitals, O/U \u2013 Under

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the total has gone over in three of their past five outings.
  • Washington has managed 28.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Arizona is averaging 33.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Over Washington’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
  • Washington skaters have accounted for the 12th-most hits in the league (22.1 per game).