Nashville Predators vs. Washington Capitals - 3/30/14
Washington Capitals (34-27-12) at Nashville Predators (32-31-11)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -110 / Washington Capitals +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators will wrap up their two-game series on Sunday. When these teams met back in early December, the Capitals won 5-2.
The Capitals are trying hard to reach the postseason, but have lost three of their last four games, including a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Failing to take advantage of back-to-back home games, the Capitals will now play five of their next six games on the road. Goalie Jaroslav Halak has done a decent job for Washington since being acquired from St. Louis, as he’s allowed two or less goals in five of his eight starts for the Capitals. Alex Ovechkin is coming off a two goal and one assist game in a loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The Washington Capitals are 14-16-0-6 on the road.
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The Predators have won three of their last five games and are back to a .500 record at 32-32-11. Nashville has been hot and cold all season but has received a bit of an offensive explosion as of late. In the Predators last five games, they’ve scored a combined 21 goals. However, goaltender Pikka Rinne has allowed four or more goals in five of his last six starts, which has resulted in four losses. The Predators are 16-17-1-4 on their home ice this season.
The Capitals are 2-5 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 home games. The Capitals are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams, while the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Although the Capitals are playing back-to-back games, I have to take Washington at this price simply because it's a team chasing a playoff spot. Desprate and hungry teams usually step up this time of year, and Nashville doesn't have anything to play for.