Washington Capitals (3-3-1) at Detroit Red Wings (4-3-0)
|Date & Time||Friday October 20, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +115 / Washington Capitals -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Washington Capitols visit the Motor City to take the ice with the Detroit Red Wings in Friday NHL action.
The Washington Capitols hope to find a groove with a trip to face the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. Washington has dropped consecutive contests following a 2-0 defeat versus the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday where the offense stalled and the defense couldn’t carry the team.
Following a scoreless opening period, Connor Brown got the Maple Leafs on the scoreboard at 5:53 where the score stayed until Nazem Kadri ended the Capitols hopes with an open net tally with 22 seconds remaining. Morgan Rielly added a pair of helpers and Frederik Andersen brushed aside 30 shots to log his 11th career shutout.
The Capitols defense responded well from an 8-2 thrashing by the Philadelphia Flyers versus one of the top attacks in the NHL but the offense couldn’t lend a helping hand. As a result, Braden Holtby and his 28 saves ended up in the loss column.
The Detroit Red Wings welcome the Washington Capitols to town for the first meeting between the clubs this year. Detroit has lost consecutive games after a 6-3 defeat at the Toronto Maple Leafs where the defense couldn’t come through.
This game was decided early when the Maple Leafs scored four times on five shots to take a huge lead. The Balanced Leafs attack saw scoring from Zach Hyman, Connor Brown, Nazem Kadri, William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly. Curtis McElhinney earned a win in his first start for Toronto with 30 stops.
The Red Wings offense came from Tomas Tater, Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson while Nick Jensen logged a trio of helpers. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard was taken out after giving up three goals on four shots while Petr Mrazek stopped 19-21 shots.
Over is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 road games and Capitals are 1-5 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 overall. Over is 5-1 in Red Wings last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 5-1 in Red Wings last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Detroit and home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Capitals haven't looked the part yet but this is one of the best teams in the game and I'll take a shot with them...