Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals - 11/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (8-7-3) at Colorado Avalanche (6-8-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -122 / Washington Capitals +111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals stay on the road when they visit the Colorado Rockies in Thursday action.
The Washington Capitals look for another victory when thay continue their road swing with a stop at the Pepsi Center to face Colorado. The Capitals are looking to build on the momentum of a 2-1, overtime victory at the American Airlines Center versus Dallas on Tuesday night. Jay Beagle gave Washington a first period lead when he beat Mike Smith which lasted until the middle frame when Oliver Ekman-Larsson found the back of the net to send the game to the final frame knotted 1-1. Eric Fehr sent the Capitals bench in to celebration with 1:44 left to prevent a three game skid. Braden Holtby brushed aside 23 shots to pick up the win while Smith gave up both goals on 24 shots to receive the loss.
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The Colorado return from a four game road swing to tangle with Washington at the Pepsi Center on Thursday. The Avalanche have won back to back contests after squeezing by New Jersey 3-2 on Saturday night. A strong third period carried the Avs in a game that was 1-1 heading in to the final 20 minutes. John Mitchell scored in the first for Colorado with Martin Havlat lighting the lamp for the Devils. In the third the Devils took a 2-1 lead on an Eric Gelinas tally before Erik Johnson and Matt Duchene found the back of the net to give Colorado consecutive victories for the first time in 2014. Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots as New Jersey dropped their 5th game in seven contests.while Semyon Varlamov won it with 23 saves.
For Washington the under is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 vs. Central while the Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and are 7-2 in their last 9 vs. a team with a losing record. For Colorado the under is 3-0-1 in Avalanche last 4 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days with the Avalanche are 1-7 in their last 8 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in Avalanche last 6 overall. Head to head the Capitals are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings while the under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings and is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado. The trends say the Avalanche and the under might be worth a look and I'll come up with a final pick by Thursday afternoon once I see goalies...