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Capitals vs. Avalanche - 1/12/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche (18-16-8) at Washington Capitals (22-11-8)

NHL Hockey: Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Capitals -165 / Colorado Avalanche +149 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ALT, SPNET, CSNB

The Colorado Avalanche and Washington Capitals meet Monday night at the Verizon Center.

The Colorado Avalanche have won five of their last six games and begin a five-game road trip. The Avalanche are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have scored one power play goal in their last five games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Three Colorado players are tied for 12 goals, Gabriel Landeskog has 18 assists and Matt Duchene has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 63 goals on 784 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 30 goals on 457 shots.

Capitals vs. Avalanche - 1/12/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Capitals have won four of their last five games and continue to climb up the standings. The Capitals are averaging three goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have four power play goals in their last five games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 21 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 28 assists and Marcus Johansson has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Braden Holtby has allowed 79 goals on 1,005 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.

The Avalanche are 7-17 in their last 24 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Capitals are 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The Avalanche are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

As a value pick, I'm taking the Colorado Avalanche here. Colorado has won four of the last five meetings and we know that the Capitals haven't been able to put together a ton of wins this season. Give me the plus money as a shot in the dark. 

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Colorado Avalanche +149

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