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Maple Leafs vs. Capitals - 1/7/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (20-11-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (21-16-3)
Date & Time Wednesday January 7, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +100 / Washington Capitals -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
CSNB, SPNET
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NHL | Washington Capitals (20-11-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (21-16-3)
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The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs square off Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Washington Capitals have won three of their last four games and begin a two-game road trip. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have four power play goals in their last six games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 19 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 27 assists and Troy Brouwer has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Braden Holtby has allowed 73 goals on 712 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost seven of their last 10 games and are dropping in the Atlantic. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have two power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 18 goals, James van Riemsdyk has 20 assists and Tyler Bozak has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing three goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 70 goals on 872 shots faced and James Reimer has given up 49 goals on 501 shots.

The Capitals are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The Maple Leafs are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Capitals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

I can't back a Maple Leafs team thats stinking up the joint while the Capitals are finding their groove and playing above-average hockey. The price is worth backing the road team here. 

Pick:
Washington Capitals -120

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