Washington Capitals (35-30-13) at St. Louis Blues (52-19-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 8, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -215 / Washington Capitals +195 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Capitals look to keep their faint playoff hopes alive as they head into St. Louis to take on the Western Conference leading Blues.
In what has been a rollercoaster of a season for the Washington Capitals that started off with so much promise and is destined to end with disappointment perhaps no single incident summed up the team’s year better than the spat between Alex Ovechkin and head coach Adam Oates. Oates was critical of his star player’s effort in a game against the Dallas Stars last week saying he gave up on a play that resulted in a Dallas goal to which Ovechkin responded that everyone gave up and he shouldn’t have been singled out. The Russian superstar who is the reigning Hart Trophy winner has the games worst plus-minus mark which is a sign of how well he plays in the defensive zone and it is even more ridiculous when thinking about how many goals he has scored this season with a league leading 49. The Capitals are playing for their lives in this one but it will be very tough to pull off as the Blues are lights out at home and are still in the race to lock down the Western Conference’s top seed.
St. Louis has been class all season long and are currently leading the race in the Western Conference but trail the Boston Bruins for the right to claim the league’s best mark. The Blues would love to lock up the top seed in the Western Conference in the final few days of the regular season in order to avoid a tougher first round matchup but with the way they have played this season it is very tough to picture anybody beating them as they are a complete team from top to bottom. The only angle working against the Blues here is that the Caps are starting former St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak who was deemed expendable once Miller’s name entered the picture and you can be sure he would love to stick it to his former team. However, the Blues are too good and are still playing for a lot and I think this game officially spells the end of Washington’s playoff bid.