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Minnesota Wild vs. Washington Capitals - 2/15/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (32-17-7) at Minnesota Wild (31-19-6)
Date & Time Thursday February 15, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Wild -130 / Washington Capitals +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
CSNB, FSN
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NHL | Washington Capitals (32-17-7) at Minnesota Wild (31-19-6)
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The Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild meet Thursday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Washington Capitals need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 33 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 39 assists and John Carlson has 167 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 115 goals on 1,329 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 42 goals on 481 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Minnesota Wild look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 25 goals, Mikael Granlund has 29 assists and Jason Zucker has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 95 goals on 1,186 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 54 goals on 630 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.

The Capitals are 19-7 in their last 26 vs. Central, 57-23 in their last 80 games playing on 1 days rest and 38-18 in their last 56 Thursday games. The Wild are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, 22-7 in their last 29 Thursday games and 20-7 in their last 27 home games. The Capitals are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Minnesota, 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.

The Washington Capitals have owned the Wild over the years, but they're in a bit of a slump right now and continue to struggle big time on the defensive end. The Minnesota Wild are playing some of their best hockey of the season and have been lights out on their home ice all season long. The Minnesota Wild are in great form and are a tough team to bet against right now. I'll take the Wild and the cheap price.

Pick:
Minnesota Wild -130

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