Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Capitals vs Coyotes NHL Odds
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(49-17-8) Washington Capitals vs. Arizona Coyotes (20-52-3)
Date: Friday March 31st
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Capitals -265
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Washington is the best team in the league in 2016-17 at 110 points. They will face another cellar dweller in Arizona, after earning a W in their last game against the league’s worst team, Colorado, in what might be the easiest stretch of games for any team this season.
Life is good in DC. The Caps have the best goals against in the league at 2.2, the 2nd best goals per game at 3.2 and the 3rd best powerplay at a 23.3 efficiency rate.
They are the only team with 50-plus wins on the year and have pulled five points ahead in the Metro Division standings.
Braden Holtby should be a Vezina finalist, alongside his counterparts in Sergei Bobrovsky and Devan Dubnyk. Holtby owns the second best mark in both GAA at 2.04 and in wins with his 40, and the third best SV% at .926.
The Caps bolstered their defensive core in front of their excellent netminders, by adding Kevin Shattenkirk at the trade deadline.
In Shattenkirk, Washington gets one of the better powerplay QBs in the league and adds to the already strong group of John Carlson, Matt Niskanen, and Dimitry Orlov.
Alex Ovechkin is back to his goal-scoring prowess after a slow first half of the season.
Ovy has potted 33 goals and has 66 points on the year, distributing the puck more often than in the past. Nicklas Backstrom is now in a tie for second in NHL points with 82.
The Coyotes are in a familiar spot this season, despite the new management regime it’s more of the same results in year #1.
The Coyotes are in 3rd last in the league and poised to pick near the top of the draft once again, though the selection will be added to a ton of young promising players to shape their future.
Clayton Keller is one of these top prospects, and has gone on record to state that he wishes to sign and play this year after his season at BU is finished. Keller projects as a top-end scoring talent in the mold of a Patrick Kane or a Johnny Gaudreau.
He’ll soon be joined by his World Junior rival, Dylan Strome, who captained the Canadian team to a second-place finish behind the US team. The duo has a good chance to form two-thirds of a top scoring line in the future, maybe alongside Max Domi.
Radim Vrbata, in the last year of his contract, was surprisingly not dealt at the deadline. He leads the Coyotes in scoring with 18 goals and 53 points, and is the only Coyotes with over 40.
In net, veteran Mike Smith will remain a Coyote for a couple more seasons in all likelihood, bridging a gap until the team is a legitimate contender.
The succession plan isn’t clear, though the goaltending market is much broader than it used to be. On the season, Smith has a .913 SV% and a 2.96 GAA.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Washington ranks 1st in goals against at 2.2
- Washington is on a six-game winning streak
- Washington is 20-11-6 on the road this year
- Arizona’s top scorer ranks outside the top-50 in the league
- Arizona is on a four-game losing streak
- Arizona is 16-17-5 at home this year
Free Washington Capitals vs. Arizona Coyotes NHL Hockey Prediction:
The Caps seemingly have everything going for them, while on a six-game winning streak and in the midst of a President’s Trophy leading season. They should have no problem handling the Coyotes, who have had a polar opposite season to Washington, while ranking second last.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Washington -1.5.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Washington 4 – Arizona 0
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