Arizona Coyotes vs. Washington Capitals - 2/15/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Arizona Coyotes vs. Washington Capitals - 2/15/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes

Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:00 PM (Gila River Arena)

Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes

TV: FSAZ, NSWA

The Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The Washington Capitals need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 40 goals, John Carlson has 54 assists and T.J. Oshie has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 49 goals on 590 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 115 goals on 1,104 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Arizona Coyotes need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Conor Garland leads Arizona with 19 goals, Nick Schmaltz has 32 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 55 goals on 772 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 72 goals on 845 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 13 games.

The Capitals are 21-7 in their last 28 road games, 28-11 in their last 39 games as a road favorite and 35-17 in their last 52 overall. The Coyotes are 27-58 in their last 85 vs. Metropolitan, 1-8 in their last 9 games as an underdog and 2-9 in their last 11 overall. The over is 34-16-1 in Capitals last 51 overall. The under is 6-2 in Coyotes last 8 overall. The Capitals are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona. The home team is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.

The Arizona Coyotes have won five of the last eight meetings against the Capitals, so I guess that's why this line is showing some respect to the home team. Other than that, I'm not sure why the Caps are such low priced, as they're playing great hockey, have shown they can win anywhere and are the second most profitable team in the sport currently. The Arizona Coyotes are falling apart rather quickly and haven't provided much recent value in the underdog role. I'll take the reasonable price and the Capitals on the road.

Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -139

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