The Washington Capitals, fueled by John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin, are set to take the ice against Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in an East-West tilt. The match will get going at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, and you’ll be able to catch it live on NBC Sports Washington.
Washington Capitals at Colorado Avalanche Odds
The Avalanche (-125) are favored over the Capitals (+105) and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-110 over, -110 under).
Washington is 36-20 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 4.8 units this year. Through 56 regular season contests, 36 of its games have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Caps are 20-7 SU on the road in 2019-20.
Washington has converted on 20.3 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the second-strongest penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off a whopping 84.2 percent of all penalties..
Averaging 25.2 saves per game with a .894 save percentage, Braden Holtby (21-17-4) has been the best option in goal for Washington this season. If Washington decides to rest him, however, head coach Todd Reirden could turn to Ilya Samsonov (16-7-1), who has a .917 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average this year.
Over on the other bench, Colorado is 33-22 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.8 units this year. 28 of its contests have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 15-11 SU as the home team this year.
The Avalanche have converted on just 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Philipp Grubauer (27.3 saves per game) has been the top option in goal for the Avalanche. Grubauer has 19 wins, 15 losses, and four overtime losses to his name and has maintained a .915 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average this season.
Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche Free Picks
NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Under
- The Capitals (3-2 in shootouts this season) has more experience in games decided by shootout. The Avalanche fell short in its only shootout this season.
- The under has hit in four of Colorado’s last five games.
- Colorado’s attempted 32.9 shots per game overall this season (the seventh-most in the NHL), and 36.4 in their last five home games.
- Over Washington’s last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-2 in those games).
- Washington skaters have dished out the sixth-most hits in the league (24.4 per game).