Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Capitals vs Avalanche NHL Odds
Looking for Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Caps taking on the Aves on Thursday, February 13th at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions like this Capitals Avalanche matchup.
NHL Handicapping Analysis
(35-15-5) Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche (33-16-6)
Date: Thursday, February 13th
Time: 9:30 PM
Venue: Pepsi Arena, Denver, CO.
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Avs -130
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: N/A
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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The Washington Capitals go to the mile high city on Thursday to take on the streaking Colorado Avalanche, who have won their last five straight.
The last time these teams met each other was in October, despite the Capitals out shooting the Avalanche they lost by a score of 6-3 coming up short in both their power play opportunities.
Washington will look to end the skid and get a win in a tough atmosphere as the underdogs while Colorado will look to continue their dominance as they settle into a homestand.
If you are thinking of placing a betting prediction on this match, continue reading for our detailed summary and our expert prediction at the end.
The Capitals come into this game needing to figure out how to keep the puck out of their net. They’ve allowed 12 goals in their last two games with a differential of -7.
With that being said this is one of the best teams in the league, currently sitting atop the stacked Metro Division ahead of the Penguins and Islanders. The Capitals are 2nd in the league in goals per game (3.61) and have the leagues leading scorer and fan favorite Alex Ovechkin (Ovi has 40 goals so far this year)
Away fans will be looking for a little extra history in this one as Ovechkin currently sits at 698 career goals and looks to become 1 of just 8 other players to score more than 700 in his career. After playing his former coach last game, Barry Trotz had this to say about his former star. “He’s going to get 700,” Trotz said. “I know he’s going to get it and I’m a big believer he’s going to break (Wayne Gretzky’s goal-scoring) record.
~This is a reminder that while Gretzky holds the record for most goals in a career, if you were to take away every single goal he scored he would still hold the record for most ever points. THAT is why he’s the Great one~
The key for the Capitals in this matchup will be to get on their powerplay, they currently convert just over 25% of their advantages and they’ll need to capitalize on those opportunities Thursday night if they want to steal this game on the road.
When I said the Avalanche were hot I meant it. They are currently on a five game win streak and have won eight of their last nine. They have outscored opponents 36-14 in that tantalizing stretch, Vegas sees this as well as they have been favored in their last 10 bouts.
While the Capitals might have the second most goals per game in the league, its Colorado that edges ahead of them. While allowing the 8th best goals per game they have figured out the right formula in Denver.
This production is due heavily to the contributions of center Nathan MacKinnon who leads the team in all 3 major categories with 32 goals, 46 points and naturally 78 points. Just 18 points shy of his total last year MacKinnon looks to continue his production and lead his team deep into the playoffs.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games.
- Washington are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games this season.
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington’s last 16 games against an opponent in the West conference.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado’s last 6 games against Washington.
- Colorado are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home.
Free Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL Prediction:
Love the over here, while these are the top 2 goal scoring teams in the league there is also the extra boost of Ovechkin looking for 700. Both teams will come ready to play and ready to light the lamp
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: OVER
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