Minnesota Wild vs. Washington Capitals - 3/1/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (39-19-6) at Minnesota Wild (32-25-7)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild +110 / Washington Capitals -133 --- Over/Under: 6
The Washington Capitals and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday night.
The Washington Capitals will look to rebound from a 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last time out. Winnipeg jumped out to an early 1-0 lead less than seven minutes into te game and the lead would hold through the 2nd and a good part of the 3rd before Winnipeg doubled their last just over seven minutes into the period. The Capitals outshot the Jets in both the 2nd and 3rd period by a combined mark of 27-22, but the Jets would ice the win with an empty-netter as Washington ended up going back empty-handed. Ilya Samsonov took the loss for the Caps in goal, falling to 15-6-1 on the year after giving up 2 goals on 31 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Minnesota Wild will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 5-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last time out. Joel Eriksson Ek and Jared Spurgeon staked Minny an early 2-0 lead with a pair of goals :34 apart before Ryan Hartman and Zach Parise pushed the lead to 4-0 with a pair of 2nd period goals 1:38 apart. The Wild decided to add salt to an open wound, potting a 5th goal off of the stick of Kevin Fiala with just under eight minutes to go, giving the Wild the win. Alex Stalock got the win to improve to 18-9-4 on the year after stopping all 24 shots faced en route to his 4th shutout of the season.
Washington is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference. Minnesota is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog while the under Is 5-2-1 in their last 8 home games. Washington is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams in Minnesota.
I get that Washington’s been solid on the road this season and that the Capitals lead the NHL in terms of money won away from home this season. However, Washington is slumping over right now and say what you want about the Wild, Minnesota easily plays their best hockey on home ice this season and I think this could be a price worth looking at for the Wild to catch the Capitals sleeping. I’ll take a shot with Minnesota and the plus money at home here.