Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings - 3/12/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings - 3/12/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings (17-49-5) at Washington Capitals (41-20-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

The Line: Washington Capitals -365 / Detroit Red Wings +317 --- Over/Under: 6

TV: FSDT, NSWA

The Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals meet Thursday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 19 goals, Dylan Larkin has 32 assists and Anthony Mantha has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 75.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 96 goals on 817 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 117 goals on 1,280 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 18 of their last 23 games.

The Washington Capitals need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 47 goals, John Carlson has 60 assists and T.J. Oshie has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 60 goals on 689 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 140 goals on 1,359 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in 17 of their last 21 games.

The Red Wings are 18-39 in their last 57 games playing on 1 days rest, 10-25 in their last 35 Thursday games and 13-45 in their last 58 games as a road underdog. The Capitals are 101-40 in their last 141 vs. Atlantic, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The under is 5-1-1 in Red Wings last 7 road games. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Red Wings are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Washington and 5-16 in the last 21 meetings.

The Detroit Red Wings remain the worst team in the league to bet on and that's not changing any time soon given that not much improves night too night. The Washington Capitals have beaten up on the Red Wings over the years, winning eight of the last 10 meetings and four of those wins were decided by two or more goals. There's really only one way to go here, and that's siding with the Caps in a comfortable home victory. I'll lay the PL for added value.

Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.