Avalanche vs. Capitals - 4/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (54-16-6) at Colorado Avalanche (39-34-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, ALT
The Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche meet Friday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Washington Capitals look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 44 goals, T.J. Oshie has 22 assists and Justin Williams has 186 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 130 goals on 1,701 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 38 goals on 475 shots. Holtby has allowed two goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche also look for a win after splitting their last 16 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 29 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 31 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 133 goals on 1,595 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 38 goals on 485 shots. Varlamov has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 38-15 in their last 53 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games. The Avalanche are 19-7 in their last 26 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and 27-11 in their last 38 Friday games. The under is 15-5 in the last 20 meetings.
The Capitals are starting to take their foot off the pedal a bit with the top seed locked up. However, the Avalanche need this victory in order to have any shot of sneaking into the playoffs. I'm going to side with the more desprate team that's at home.