Washington Capitals (7-7-3) at Arizona Coyotes (8-9-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 18, 2014, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -113 / Washington Capitals +102 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Coyotes look to reach the .500 mark with a win at home on Tuesday as they host the Washington Capitals at the Gila River Arena.
The Capitals head into Arizona on Tuesday night looking to end their two game slide and get back in the race in the Metro division but as losers of 7 of their last 10 games overall the Caps need a change of culture or find some consistency in their game. Washington is expected to be in the mix come playoff time especially being in the Metro division where it seems to be the Penguins and everyone else but with the way the Islanders are playing the Caps know it is going to be a dog fight and that the third spot in the division is one that'll be highly coveted by a number of potential suitors. The Caps currently have a 7-7-3 record that has them in fifth place in the division but they are within striking distance of a number of team on either side of that number and could very well make a huge jump or take a tumble in the next couple of weeks. Braden Holtby is expected to get the start as he will go up against Mike Smith for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes will look to make strides in the Pacific division with a victory over the Capitals and extend their winning streak to three games in what has been the best stretch of the season for Arizona. Despite sitting a game under .500 the Coyotes have played much better of late and return home after back to back wins on the road and now catch a Capitals team that is reeling and will be scrambling looking to find an answer before their season is lost. I haven't been high on the Coyotes all season and I don't see that changing in the long term as I think they're a team with a ton of holes that'll need to be addressed via trades or the draft but in this spot I think they match up pretty well. The Coyotes usually play pretty well at home and the Caps are bad on the road and while the goaltedning edge goes to the Caps I like the Coyotes to grab a win on home ice in this one.