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(44-15-7) Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks (35-23-10)
Date: Sunday, March 12th
Time: 9:30 PM
Venue: Honda Center
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Capitals -111
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Big tilt here between two teams with Stanley Cup aspirations. The Caps have a chance to win the President’s trophy for the second year in a row, though they would trade it all just to have one post-season where they win 16 games.
The expectations on them to win a cup are strong enough now that actually winning one will feel more of a relief than anything else.
Meanwhile the Ducks want a cup too. Their core guys aren’t getting any younger, and will have to add another one soon lest the organization start looking to the future.
The Metropolitan division has four potential Stanley Cup winners. The Caps are 3pts up on the Pens and the Blue Jackets for lead in the division and the President’s trophy. They are only 7 points up on the Rangers for falling into a wild card spot however.
The Caps may or may not have Braden Holtby in net for this one. It will be the second half of a back to back, having been in LA the night before.
Philipp Grubauer is the Caps’ backup. He’s done just fine for himself this season, with a .923 save percentage in 18 games (15 starts). Holtby however, is able to steal victories from defeats, something that comes in handy late in the season.
On Tuesday the Caps will play host to the Minnesota Wild in a game that will have President’s trophy implications.
There is a lot going on in the Pacific division right now. The Calgary Flames are playing like they may never lose again, the Oilers finally seemed to have found their potential, and the San Jose Sharks are still the San Jose Sharks.
The Ducks have a lot to contend with but they have been up to the challenge. Their veteran core of Getzlaf, Perry and Kesler are in those lean early 30 years where they know the clock is ticking if they want to win another cup together.
They are 1 up on Edmonton for the #2 seed in the division, but the Oilers have a game in hand. Watch out for the Flames however, they’ve won 7 in a row and only sit 2 back with a game in hand.
If the Ducks want to avoid being relegated to a wild card spot they are going to have to keep pace with two surging Albertan teams.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-1-1 in Washington last 9 vs Western conference
- Road team is 11-4 in last 15 meetings
- Under is 10-4-1 in Anaheim last 15 home games
- Ducks are 40-17 in last 57 Sunday games
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Washington is going to be coming into this one on the second half of a back to back, having to face the Kings on the road the night before. They dropped their two games before that as well, with Holtby looking not so fantastic either game.
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That’s not the greatest trend, I like the Ducks to take advantage of a tired Caps team.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Capitals 2 – Ducks 3
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