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Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/2/14

Detroit Red Wings (24-19-11) at Washington Capitals (24-22-9)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Capitals -131 / Detroit Red Wings +119 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds


The Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals will play one another on Sunday for the third and final time this season. The previous two meetings were decided in shootouts and each team has one apiece.

We can only hope for another great hockey matchup before the Super Bowl gets underway.

Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/2/14

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Anyway, shootouts are what Detroit has gotten used to over the last couple of weeks, as four of its last seven games have been decided in the extra period. It’s won three of its last four games. Although the Red Wings aren’t known as a great offensive team, they’ve scored 17 goals in their last five games, including four in Friday’s game against Washington. It’s the goaltending that has been shaky as of late, allowing 13 goals in the last three games.

The struggle continues the Capitals as they’ve lost nine of their last 11, including two in a row. Alex Ovechkin was fortunate enough to send Washington into overtime against Detroit at the last minute, but one goal by Patrick Eaves ended Washington’s month of January with only four wins. As it has been the story all season, the goaltending continues to be an issue for the Capitals, allowing 13 goals in the last three games.

With both teams struggling to keep the puck out of the net, it may be best to consider playing the over. Both teams haven’t been the most consistent this year and this rivalry has a long history of going back and forth.

The last four meetings between these two teams have gone over the projected total. The over is also 6-1 in the last seven games Detroit has traveled to Washington.

As usual, expect fireworks when these two teams meet again.

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Over 5.5

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