Blues vs. Capitals - 4/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (55-17-8) at St. Louis Blues (49-23-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -120 / Washington Capitals +100 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, FSMW
The Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues meet Saturday night at the Scottrade Center.
The Washington Capitals could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.4 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 47 goals, T.J. Oshie has 24 assists and Justin Williams has 197 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 140 goals on 1,782 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 41 goals on 502 shots. Holtby has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues look to remain red hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 39 goals, David Backes has 24 assists and Troy Brouwer has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 101 goals on 1,260 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 74 goals on 1,087 shots. Elliott has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 37-15 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blues are 64-25 in their last 89 Saturday games and 15-3 in their last 18 games following a win. The Capitals are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis and 6-14-1 in the last 21 meetings overall.
The Blues are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, while the Capitals are back to being on cruise control waiting for the playoffs. I'll take the hotter team at home for the cheap price.