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(49-17-8) Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild (44-24-7)
Date: Tuesday March 28th
Venue: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Washington -115
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Washington -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Coming off its fourth straight win, the Washington Capitals have righted the ship after some struggles and will look to continue its good stretch heading into the playoffs against the increasingly poor Minnesota Wild.
Minnesota, with just a single win in the last eight games, desperately need a victory against the Capitals and then a few more after that as we inch closer and closer to the playoffs.
Sitting atop the Metropolitan Division, it’s been a great season for the Washington Capitals. After a stretch that saw the Capitals slip to 2nd place, the team has found its way again and won its last four games. Washington has been the league’s best defensive team, along with being a top-five offensive team.
Defensively, the Capitals give up just 2.20 goals per game, the lowest average of any team in the NHL. A lot of that number can be attributed to starting goaltender Braden Holtby. Holtby is making his case to be a repeat Vezina Trophy winner, posting a 39-11-6 record with a 2.01 goals against average.
Offensively, the Caps have been extremely strong. The team has seven players with 15 or more goals, including two 30-goal scorers in Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie.
Ovechkin has had a down year in terms of Alex Ovechkin, but he has still posted 30 goals and 32 assists in 74 games this season. In his last five games, he has two goals and two assists. Oshie has 30 goals and 21 assists, including four goals and two assists over the last five games.
The Minnesota Wild have been one of the NHL’s worst teams in the month of March. This month, the Wild are 3-10-1 and have regressed at the complete wrong time, with less than 10 games remaining until the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.
In March, the Wild have given up an average of 3.07 goals per game, which is much higher than the team’s season average of 2.53 per game. Offensively in March, Minnesota is averaging just 2.21 goals per game, more than a goal less than its season average of 3.2 per game.
These down numbers explain a lot about the team’s very poor record in March and the team has to find a way to right the ship. The forwards have to start playing better.
Mikael Granlund was having a brilliant season, posting 25 goals and 41 assists. Over his last five games, he has just a single point (a goal).
Eric Staal has been the team’s best player in the month of March. He is having an all-around great season with 26 goals and 32 assists. In 14 games this month, he has nine goals and three assists.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Washington is 5-1 SU in the last six games
- The Total has gone OVER in two of Minnesota’s last five games
Free Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild NHL Hockey Prediction:
Washington has found its identity again, while the Wild have completely lost theirs. On the road, I like the Capitals to get the W against a Wild team that has lost seven of the last eight games in poor fashion.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Washington ML
Washington has figured out a way to get back on top, winning four straight games, and should be able to grab its fifth in a row against a Wild team that has lost its way over the last 15 games. Minnesota will struggle in this one so I’ll take the Washington Capitals money line.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Washington 3 – Minnesota 1
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