Capitals vs. Blues Pick – NHL Predictions & Odds 3/17/23

Capitals vs. Blues Pick – NHL Predictions & Odds 3/17/23 player photo
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The St. Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals meet in NHL action from the Capital One Arena on Friday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


Washington is a -165 home favorite while St. Louis is a +145 road underdog. The total for this game is set at 6 goals.


For St. Louis, Jordan Binnington is eligible to return from suspension and Jake Neighbours remains out indefinitely while Washington has Nick Jensen and Sonny Milano listed as questionable for this game and John Carlson remains out with a face injury.

Matchup History

St. Louis’ 5-4 shootout win back on November 17th, 2022, made it three straight wins for the Blues in this head-to-head matchup.


St. Louis is 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games and 1-7 in their last 8 games following a home loss by 3 or more goals while the over is 7-1-3 in their last 11 games after scoring 5 or more goals in the previous game. Washington is 2-11 in their last 13 games following a win and 2-6 in their last 8 home games while the under is 9-3-1 in their last 13 home games.


I’m sticking with the over here. I just don’t trust either set of goaltenders right now and while the Caps managed to get a win and are in a better spot for potential postseason hockey, the reality is that they still gave up four goals and were down by multiple goals multiple times against Buffalo. St. Louis has had defensive issues themselves all year long and I look for this game to be no different. I could easily see a 5-4 kind of game here as well. Give me the over.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:Over 6