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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals - 1/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
The Line: Washington Capitals +130 / Toronto Maple Leafs -157 -- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
NBCS, R360
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The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Washington Capitals could use a feel good victory that would snap a six-game losing streak. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 33 goals, John Carlson has 37 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 52 goals on 536 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 90 goals on 993 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed four or more goals in four of their last five games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs could use a victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 30 goals, Mitch Marner has 42 assists and Morgan Rielly has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 83 goals on 1,069 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed 30 goals on 323 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The Capitals are 29-13 in their last 42 road games, 41-18 in their last 59 vs. Eastern Conference and 20-7 in their last 27 Wednesday games. The Maple Leafs are 0-4 in their last 4 home games, 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 11-1 in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest. The Capitals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and 13-5 in the last 18 meetings. The under is 6-1-1 in Maple Leafs last 8 overall. The under is 8-1-1 in Capitals last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.

Plus money and the Washington Capitals is always worth a look, but they've been a mess defensively during their six-game losing streak, and that continued last night in which they blew a game against the San Jose Sharks, despite leading for majority of the game. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a bit of a slump themselves, but they're well rested and have been money when having multiple days off. The Maple Leafs also have more than enough offensive firepower to add to the Capitals defensive issues that seem to be getting worse. I'll take Toronto and the reasonable price. 

Pick:
Toronto Maple Leafs -157

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