Washington Capitals vs. Dallas Stars - 11/19/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (15-4-0) at Washington Capitals (11-4-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals / Dallas Stars --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, CSNB
The Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals square off Thursday night at the Verizon Center.
The Dallas Stars look to remain hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 29.3 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 12 goals, Tyler Seguin has 17 assists and Patrick Sharp has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their power play chances. Kari Lehtonen has allowed 20 goals on 252 shots faced and Antti Niemi has given up 28 goals on 315 shots. Lehtonen has given up six goals in his last three games.
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The Washington Capitals also look to keep rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.4 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with eight goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 12 assists and Jason Chimera has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 27 goals on 347 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up eight goals on 79 shots. Holtby has allowed four goals in his last three games. Brooks Orpik is questionable with a lower-body injury.
The Stars are 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 24-7 in their last 31 overall. The Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 11-4 in their last 15 home games. The Stars are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Washington and 17-4-1 in the last 22 meetings overall.
The Stars have had the Capitals number over the years and are catching Washington on the end of a back-to-back. In a matchup between two hot teams, I like the rested club that's had far more success against the other.