Coyotes vs. Capitals - 4/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (55-16-6) at Arizona Coyotes (34-36-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +150 / Washington Capitals -182 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, FSAZ
The Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday night at the Gila River Arena.
The Washington Capitals look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 44 goals, T.J. Oshie has 22 assists and Justin Williams has 186 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 130 goals on 1,701 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 38 goals on 475 shots. Holtby has allowed two goals in his last three games.
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The Arizona Coyotes look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power plays. Shane Doan leads Arizona with 26 goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 31 assists and Anthony Duclair has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their power play chances. Louis Domingue has allowed 95 goals on 1,110 shots faced and Mike Smith has given up 68 goals on 801 shots. Domingue has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 42-16 in their last 58 overall. The Coyotes are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 5-21 in their last 26 vs. Metropolitan. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
While the home team has controlled this series and the Capitals are coming off a game Friday night, you have to back Washington with the way it's playing at the moment. The Capitals have handled back to backs well, and I expect another win here.