Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

In their final head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Washington Capitals and the St. Louis Blues meet at the Scottrade Center in an East-West tilt. NBC Sports Washington will broadcast the game, and the action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, April 2.

Washington Capitals at St. Louis Blues Odds

Washington (+125) is currently the underdog to St. Louis (-145), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Washington is 47-32 straight up (SU) and has earned 8.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 43 of its games have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Caps are 20-20 SU on the road in 2017-18.

Washington has converted on 22.1 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for ninth-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 15th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off 80.5 percent of all penalties.

The Caps, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.1 times per game in the 2017-18 season, 4.0 per game over its last five contests total, and 4.6 per game over its last five road outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 8.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Sporting a .907 save percentage and 27.7 saves per game, Braden Holtby (32-20-4) has been the best option in goal for Washington this season. If head coach Barry Trotz decides to rest him, however, the team could go with Philipp Grubauer (15-19-3), who has a .925 save percentage and 2.29 goals against average this year.

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov will both lead the way for the visiting Capitals. Ovechkin has 83 points via 45 goals and 38 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 23 different games. Kuznetsov has 25 goals and 53 assists to his creditand has registered a point in 46 games.

Over on the other bench, St. Louis is 43-35 straight up (SU) and has netted 0.8 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 78 regular season outings, 46 of its games have gone under the total, while 31 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 24-15 SU as the home team this season.

The Blues have converted on just 15.6 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 30th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

St. Louis players have been called for penalties only 3.3 times per game in total this season, and 2.1 per game over their last ten match ups. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 5.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jake Allen (24.6 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Blues. Allen has 27 wins, 29 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit and has registered a pedestrian 2.71 goals against average and a fairly-weak .906 save percentage this season.

The Blue Notes offense will be led by Brayden Schenn (26 goals, 39 assists).

Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Predictions

NHL Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • St. Louis is 3-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Washington is 3-1 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in three of St. Louis’ last five games.
  • Seven of Washington’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
  • The Blue Notes this season have registered the ninth-most hits per game (23.1), but that number has climbed to 27.0 over their last five games as the home team.