Washington Capitals (19-6-7) vs. Detroit Red Wings (15-13-3)
December 31, 2021 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +125 / Washington Capitals -145; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings meet Friday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena. The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Detroit Red Wings look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 22 goals, John Carlson has 23 assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has given up 38 goals on 424 shots faced, and IIya Samsonov has allowed 43 goals on 462 shots.
The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 15 goals, Lucas Raymond has 18 assists and Filip Zadina has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alex Nedeljkovic has given up 54 goals on 645 shots faced, and Thomas Greiss has allowed 41 goals on 383 shots.
The Capitals are 52-18 in their last 70 Friday games and 37-15 in their last 52 games as a favorite. The Red Wings are 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 48-106 in their last 154 overall. The over is 10-3-1 in Capitals last 14 overall. The over is 7-1 in Red Wings last 8 overall. The Capitals are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit.
The Washington Capitals have been dominant in the favorite role all season long, and they’ve beaten up on the Red Wings in past meetings. The Detroit Red Wings were hit or miss entering the break, and they haven’t played a game since December 18. There’s a good chance the Red Wings come out sluggish or sloppy due to such a long layoff. I’ll take the Caps and the reasonable price on the road.