Washington Capitals (5-5-1) at Calgary Flames (5-6-0)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 29, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Calgary Flames / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under:
The Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames meet Sunday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Washington Capitals look for another big victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 10 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 12 assists and John Carlson has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 73.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 19 goals on 218 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 16 goals on 107 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games. Brett Connolly is out with a head injury.
The Calgary Flames could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with five goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 10 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 24 goals on 329 shots faced and Eddie Lack has allowed five goals on 34 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed two or less goals in five of their last nine games.
The Capitals are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 13-6 in their last 19 road games and 76-34 in their last 110 vs. a team with a losing record. The Flames are 0-4 in their last 4 home games, 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 30-11 in their last 41 vs. a team with a losing record. The Capitals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Calgary, 13-5-2 in the last 20 meetings and the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Even with the Washington Capitals on the end of a back to back and being banged up, they're coming off an impressive showing and now run into a struggling Calgary squad that's lost majority of the recent meetings against Washington. The Capitals have beaten the Flames in seven of the last 10 meetings oveall and four of the last five in Calgary. This is a game the Capitals should be able to win even with a roster that's a little short on depth at the moment.