The Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 37 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 39 assists and Conor Sheary has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 126 goals on 1,398 shots faced, and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 68 goals on 702 shots.
The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 39 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 41 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 216 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 108 goals on 1,068 shots faced, and Filip Gustavsson has allowed 61 goals on 882 shots.
The Capitals are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-11 in their last 16 overall. The Wild are 73-31 in their last 104 home games and 11-3 in their last 14 overall. The over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall. The over is 4-0 in Wild last 4 overall. The Capitals are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The road team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Washington Capitals continue their slump and I just don't trust them on the road, even though they're desperate at this stage. The Minnesota Wild have been one of the better home teams dating back to last season, and they pretty much can lock up a playoff spot with another victory. The cheap price is rather surprising. Give me the Wild at home.