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Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals - 4/5/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (43-25-10) at Detroit Red Wings (40-24-13)
Date & Time Sunday April 5, 2015, 5:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -140 / Washington Capitals +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Detroit
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NHL | Washington Capitals (43-25-10) at Detroit Red Wings (40-24-13)
USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings look for a home win against the Washington Capitals in Sunday action.

 The Detroit Red Wings return to Joe Louis Arena to take the ice with the Washington Capitals on Easter Sunday. The Red Wings have made a habit of blowing late leads with catastrophic results and did so once again against Minnesota on the road Saturday but this time they pulled out a 3-2 victory in overtime that ended a three game slide and tied the Penguins for the Eastern Conference first Wild Card. Darren Helm ended a marathon SO in round number eight with Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan lighting the lamp in regulation. Jimmy Howard picked up the win with a 22 save performance with Zach Parise giving Minnesota both of their goals. Devan Dubnyk recorded 20 stops as the Wild suffered their second straight defeat.

 The Washington Capitals overcame a disaster of an opening period before falling at Ottawa 4-3 in overtime to drop to third in the Metropolitan Division. The Senators opened up a 3-0 lead in the first with tallies from Mika Zibanejad, Clarke MacArthur and Mark Stone before Kyle Turris netted the winner with 1:46 left in the extra session. Andrew Hammond picked up the win with 29 saves to keep his team within three points of the second Wild Card. Washington received goals from Mike Green, Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer who also added an assist. Braden Holtby recorded 24 stops in defeat with the loss dropping the Caps to third in the Metropolitan and just a single point behind the New York Islanders.

 For the Caps the Over is 3-0-1 in Capitals last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and  is 4-0-1 in Capitals last 5 vs. Eastern Conference while the Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.  For Detroit the Red Wings are 0-6 in their last 6 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation and  1-5 in their last 6 overall and  1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. Head to head the over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings while the home team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings with the  Capitals going 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

No goalies and no line but this will be a good one with plenty at stake so please check back…

Pick:
over 5.5

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