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Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Blues (26-16-2) at Washington Capitals (25-13-3)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Capitol One Arena)

The Line: Washington Capitals -145 / St. Louis Blues +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, CSNB, TSN

The St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals meet Sunday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The St. Louis Blues look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Schenn leads St. Louis with 17 goals, Jaden Schwartz has 21 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 179 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 81 goals on 929 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 19 goals on 356 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

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Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Capitals look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 26 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 27 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 80 goals on 962 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 31 goals on 342 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Blues are 21-5 in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 14-5 in their last 19 Sunday games. The Capitals are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference, 3-11 in their last 14 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 39-12 in their last 51 home games. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Capitals have been one of the more consistent teams all season long and you'd think getting a team on the end of a back to back at home makes them a strong play. However, the St. Louis Blues have been lights out when playing on the end of a back to back. Winning 21 of their last 26 games on no rest is not normal. Based on that trend, you have to consider the value of the plus money in this spot.

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