A pair of teams riding winning streaks, the Washington Capitals and the Nashville Predators meet at Bridgestone Arena in an East-West tilt. NBC Sports Network will showcase the matchup, which gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 14.
Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators Odds
Washington (+120) is playing the role of underdog to Nashville (-140), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-120 for the under, +100 for the over). Those O/U odds have moved after initially opening at -110 for either.
Washington is 10-8 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this season. Nine of its matches have gone over the total, while another nine have gone under and none have pushed. This 2017-18 Capitals team is 5-5 SU on the road.
Washington has converted on 18.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 24th out of 31 teams, and it has successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all penalties.
The Caps, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.7 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 3.8 per game over its last five outings. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays 12.8 minutes per game over their last five road outings.
Averaging 29.5 saves per game with a .927 save percentage, Braden Holtby (10-3) has been the best option in goal for Washington this season. If head coach Barry Trotz decides to rest him, however, Washington may turn to Philipp Grubauer (0-6-1), who has a .886 save percentage and 3.70 goals against average this year.
The visiting Capitals will be led by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin. Kuznetsov has 19 points on three goals and 16 assists, and has recorded multiple points in five different games. Ovechkin has 13 goals and six assists to his nameand has notched a point in 11 games.
On the other side of the rink, Nashville is 9-7 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.6 units this season. Nine of its matches have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. It’s 4-2 SU at home this season.
The Predators have converted on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.4 percent of all penalties.
Predators players have been penalized 6.3 times per game in total this season, and 5.0 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to defend opponent power plays a whopping 14.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Pekka Rinne has stopped 29.3 shots per game as the primary option in goal for the Predators. Rinne has eight wins, four losses, and two OT losses and has maintained a .929 save percentage and 2.23 goals against average this year.
Filip Forsberg (eight goals, eight assists) will lead the offensive counter for the Preds.
Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Capitals, O/U – Under
- Washington is 2-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Nashville is 1-1 in shootouts.
- The over has hit in three of Nashville’s last five games.
- Nashville has scored 2.8 goals per game overall this year, but is averaging 4.3 per contest over its four-game winning streak.
- The Predators this season have registered the eighth-most hits per game (22.4).