Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Capitals vs Canucks Odds
Weekly NHL betting sees the Washington Capitals taking on the Vancouver Canucks Thursday October 22nd at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey season long so stay tuned for more FREE NHL hockey predictions.
Washington Capitals (4-1-0-0) vs. Vancouver Canucks (3-1-2-0)
Date: Thursday October 22nd
Time:10:00 PM EST
Venue: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Vancouver -104
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Vancouver -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Washington looks to continue their hot start when they travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks Thursday night.
Washington has raced out of the gates at 4-1 and come in off a win over Calgary.
The Canucks come in after dropping an overtime decision to Edmonton 2-1 and will look for their first win on this home stand.
Alexander Ovechkin reached the 900 point plateau as he found the back of the net in the Capitals win over Calgary.
The Capitals Captain is off to a scorching start. He’s recorded a goal in 4 straight games, which is all he’s played in, and will look to make it 5 in a row when the Capitals go for their 4th straight win.
The Capitals hot start can be credited to just about everyone. Nicklas Backstrom played in just his 2nd game back from off season hip surgery and continues to make a giant impact on this team. Backstrom tallied 2 goals in the win over Calgary. On the season, he now sits with 3 goals and five points in the 2 games he’s played in.
Tending the net for Washington on Thursday will be Braden Holtby, who has started all 5 games thus far. Holtby has a GAA of just 2.03 and his SV% sit at .916.
During this 3 game winning streak, Washington has won all three games by 3 goals or more.
The Canucks are in the midst of a 5 game home stand and are still in search of win number one on the stand, as this is game 3 of it.
Vancouver fell to St. Louis and Edmonton by 2-1 counts. The Canucks have failed to score 3 goals or more for the 5th consecutive game.
Radim Vrbata has been the reasoning for the lack of goals scored by Vancouver thus far. Vrbata had 31 goals last season, but has not recorded a point in their 6 games this season. Vrbata is expected to be with the Sedin brothers on their line Thursday night.
Vancouver won both meetings head-to-head with Washington in 2014. Vrbata and Daniel Sedin combined for 4 of the 8 goals scored by Vancouver in this matchup last season. Getting Vrbata going is the absolute key for the Canucks. They can only go as far as he goes.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Capitals are 7-1 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Capitals are 13-3 in their last 16 Thursday games.
- Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
- Canucks are 35-17 in their last 52 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Canucks are 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games.
Free NHL Hockey Prediction
The Capitals are hot right now. With the way Ovechkin is playing, and add that to a healthy and productive Backstrom….the Capitals should be able to get to the Canucks.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Washington ML
Ovechkin nets another tally to make it 5 in a row as they Capitals roll here on the road.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Washington 5- Vancouver 2
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