Washington Capitals (49-17-8) at Minnesota Wild (44-24-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 28, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild +104 / Washington Capitals -115 --- Over/Under: 5
The Washington Capitals visit the Xcel Energy Center to square off with the Minnesota Wild in a Tuesday night NHL hockey tilt.
A few short weeks ago, the experts were asking what was wrong with the Washington Capitals. Apparently nothing as the Capitals are in a groove once again which is a good thing with both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins ready to pounce if the Caps falter again. Washington has won five of six after handing the Arizona Coyotes a 4-1 setback at the Verizon Center on Saturday night. Alex Ovechkin paced the Capitals offense with his 30th goal while Daniel Winnik scored twice. Justin Williams also scored for the Caps with Braden Holtby getting the win with 28 saves. Peter Holland scored the only goal for the Coyotes while Mike Smith was charged with three goals on 32 shots.
The Minnesota Wild were one of the best teams in hockey before the All Star break as they were the top team in the Western Conference. The Wild are in a bit of a tailspin with losses in eight of nine after suffering a 3-2, overtime defeat at the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. The Red Wings are still hopeful regarding the postseason and have won four of six overall. Detroit saw Andreas Athanasiou win it less then two minutes in to the extra session on a breakaway with Tomas Tater and Mike Green finding the back of the net in regulation. Jimmy Howard recorded24 stops to lift the Wings who are looking for their 26th straight playoff appearance. Nate Prosser and Eric Staal supplied the Minnesota scoring with Devan Dubnyk absorbing the loss with 16 saves.
The over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 road games and the Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games while the Capitals are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 4-0 in Wild last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and the Wild are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference while the Wild are 0-6 in their last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The over is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings and the Capitals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings while the home team is 15-4 in the last 19 meetings.
The over has done okay in this match up with the Capitals winning four in a row versus the Wild. The Caps are my pick until I see goalies…