Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals - 11/26/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (13-5-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (8-8-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs clash Saturday night in NHL action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Washington Capitals look to keep the puck rolling after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Capitals are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 12 goals, T.J. Oshie has four assists and Marcus Johansson has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 31 goals on 403 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed eight goals on 107 shots. The Washington Capitals have scored two or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs could use a feel good victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. James van Riemsdyk leads Toronto with eight goals, Auston Matthews has eight assists and Nazem Kadri has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 50 goals on 552 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has allowed 15 goals on 112 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost seven of their last 11 games when allowing at least two goals.
The Capitals are 48-16 in their last 64 vs. a team with a losing record and 38-13 in their last 51 vs. Atlantic. The Maple Leafs are 17-41 in their last 58 Saturday games and 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The Capitals are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The home team has owned this series recently and the Maple Leafs have the advantage with the Washington Capitals playing Friday. However, Washington is tough to bet against due to its consistency and always giving itself a chance to win each night. With Toronto being so up and down, you have to back the Capitals in this contest.