Washington Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks - 1/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (16-20-6) at Washington Capitals (26-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Capitol One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -215 / Vancouver Canucks +193 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNP, CSNB
The Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Vancouver Canucks could use a feel good win after losing eight of their last nine games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 22 goals, Henrik Sedin has 26 assists and Thomas Vanek has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 80 goals on 863 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 47 goals on 476 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 14 games.
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The Washington Capitals look to keep the puck rolling after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 27 goals, John Carlson has 29 assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 83 goals on 996 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 31 goals on 342 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Canucks are 23-47 in their last 70 road games, 12-39 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest and 18-41 in their last 59 overall. The Capitals are 40-12 in their last 52 home games, 50-15 in their last 65 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Canucks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings and the over is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The price for this game is insane when you consider the Vancouver Canucks have won five of their last 10 meetings against the Capitals, but they're a team that's also done little to consider them as a dog, as the losses are piling up rapidly and it's even worse on the road. The Capitals have been one of the more consistent teams in the league this season and have been lights out at home. Also, the Capitals last three wins over the Canucks have come by three goals each. So, give me Washington and the spread to increase the value of the wager.