Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues - 11/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (10-6-3) at Washington Capitals (11-5-2)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -161 / St. Louis Blues +129 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Blues look for a statement victory on the road as they head into DC to take on the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
The Blues are coming off a 4-2 win on the road against the Boston Bruins last night and will be out for more on Wednesday as they take on one of the best teams in the league in the Capitals who are always a tough out on home ice. St. Louis came into this season looking to finally get over the hump and qualify for the Stanley Cup final as they have been knocking on the door for years and while they play in the competitive Central division they are just as likely as anyone to emerge out of that group as they have the personnel to go on a run and if they add some more depth on the blue line and a potential top six forward they will certainly be a contender to say the least.
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The Capitals meanwhile have arguably the best roster in the NHL right now and they continue to prove their worth on home ice as they have taken down giant after giant at the Verizon Center and this is another opportunity to do so against the Blues. Washington is led up top by Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, and Evgeny Kuznetsov and if they can all stay healthy they will be a very tough team to beat across a seven game series as they have the experience and talent to compete with anybody. Braden Holtby is expected to get the start in this one as he will face off against Jake Allen, but after playing last night I wouldn’t be surprised to see Carter Hutton in this one.
The Blues are 7-1 in their last eight games playing in a back to back and 1-4 in their last five road games while the Caps are 6-0 in their last six against the Central and 5-1 in their last six against the West. Washington is the better team here, are playing at home, and may face Hutton which is a huge edge for the Caps.