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Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals - 2/13/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals at Colorado Avalanche
Date & Time Thursday February 13, 2020, 9:30 PM (EST)
Location
Pepsi Center
Pepsi Center, 1000, Chopper Circle, Auraria, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, 80204, USA
The Line
Colorado Avalanche -125 / Washington Capitals +105 -- O/U: 6.5
TV Channel
NBCS-Washington, Altitude, NBCS
Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Pepsi Center on Thursday night.

The Washington Capitals will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 5-3 loss to the Islanders in their last outing. The Islanders struck twice in a span of 2:46 to take an early 2-0 lead before John Carlson got the Capitals on the board later in the 1st period. The Islanders restored the two-goal cushion with just under two minutes to go in the 1st period. New York pushed the lead to 4-1 in the first minute of the 2nd period and 5-1 just after the midway point of the 2nd period. Lars Eller pulled on back just :50 later and T.J. Oshie made it 5-3 with just over three minutes to go in the 2nd. However, despite Washington outshooting New York 11-8 in the 3rd, the Capitals wouldn’t get any closer as New York slammed the door shut on any comeback attempt. Ilya Samsonov took the loss, falling to 16-4-1 on the year after giving up 5 goals on 20 shots faced in the losing effort.

The Colorado Avalanche will look to add to their current five-game winning streak after a 3-0 win over Ottawa last time out. Mikko Rantanen opened the scoring with the lone goal of the opening period late in the 1st and the goal would hold up through the 2nd and the first half of the 3rd before Valeri Nichushkin doubled the lead just after the midway point of the 3rd period. Gabriel Landeskog added an empty-netter with just over a minute to go to secure the win and send Ottawa back empty-handed. Philipp Grubauer got the win to improve to 18-11-4 on the year after stopping all 34 shots faced in the winning effort for his 2nd shutout of the season.

Washington is 20-7 in their last 27 road games and 33-16 in their last 49 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog. Colorado is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Washington is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Colorado.

I’ve gone back and forth on this game, and Colorado is on fire right now and hard to look past with a low line at home. However, it’s not often that you get the Capitals at plus money, especially on the road where they’ve played their best hockey this season. The two sides only play twice a year, but the Caps have also had a distinct amount of success in the past against the Avs, so I’ll take a shot with Washington and the plus money here.

Pick:
Washington +105

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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