Phoenix Coyotes vs. Washington Capitals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/9/13
Washington Capitals (9-7-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (11-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Jobing.com Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Coyotes -145 / Washington Capitals +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-DC, FS-Arizona
The Phoenix Coyotes host the Washington Capitals at the Jobing.com Arena in Saturday night action.
The Capitals head to Phoenix Saturday riding the momentum of four consecutive victories after downing visiting Minnesota 3-2 in a shootout. The Capitals scored early and late with Alex Ovechkin lighting the lamp on the power play in the opening stanza before Marcus Johansson rifled the puck past Josh Harding with a little over three minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime. The Caps killed off a Wild power play at the end of regulation and for the opening minute of OT to go to the shootout where Nicklas Backstrom tallied the only goal of the SO to cap off a come from behind victory. Braden Holtby was the hero of this one with 33 stops to out duel Harding who led the league with a 1.09 GAA.
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Phoenix seemed to be catching Anaheim at the right time with the Ducks coming home off an eight game road swing but the best team in the game proved exactly why they sit atop the league in a 5-2 victory. The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead but that proved to be the highlight of the game with the offens stalling and the defense getting run over by the Anaheim attack. Shane Doan gave the Yoyes the early lead and Michael Stone found the back of the net with the man advantage in the middle stanza but that was the only damage done against Jonas Hiller who made 24 saves. Mike Smith also stopped 24 shots in defeat as the Coyotes saw a five game winning streak come to a halt. The Coyotes looked like the tired team on back to back contests despite Anahem spending 15 days on the road.
Phoenix has a very good record and are playing well aside from the loss to the Ducks while Washington has been heating up. I am backing the visitors who are getting a nice price on them but I'm sleeping on it...