St. Louis Blues vs. Washington Capitals - 4/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (47-25-7) at St. Louis Blues (43-29-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, April 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -140 / Washington Capitals +127 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, FSMW, SNO
The Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues meet Monday in NHL action at the Scottrade Center.
The Washington Capitals look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 45 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 52 assists and John Carlson has 224 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 148 goals on 1,586 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 68 goals on 887 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
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The St. Louis Blues also look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 31 goals, Brayden Schenn has 39 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 142 goals on 1,518 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 55 goals on 790 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 13 games.
The Capitals are 22-8 in their last 30 Monday games, 44-21 in their last 65 vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Capitals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis, 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Both teams are playing well and the Blues should have the advantage given that they're catching the Capitals on the end of a back to back. However, the Washington Capitals have been on fire as of late, have had no trouble winning on the road and have won each of the last four meetings against the Blues. It's hard not to like the plus money with the road team.