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Vancouver Canucks vs. Washington Capitals - 10/22/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (3-2-2) at Vancouver Canucks (5-3-0)
Date & Time Monday October 22, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +135 / Washington Capitals -150 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBC-Washington
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NHL | Washington Capitals (3-2-2) at Vancouver Canucks (5-3-0)
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The Washington Capitals visit the Vancouver Canucks in a Monday NHL tilt.

The Washington Capitals have dropped three of four following a 6-5 SO loss to Florida on Florida on Friday. John Carlson, Brett Connolly, Jakub Vrana, Devante Smith-Pelly and Nicklas Backstrom all scored for Washington. Lars Eller added three assists and Evgeny Kuzenetsov logged a pair of helpers for the Capitals with Phoenix Copley stopping 10-11 in relief of Braden Holtby.

The Panthers received goals from Vincent Trocheck, Evgenii Dadonov, Colton Sceviour, Jared McCann and Jonathan Huberdeau. Florida won the shootout 3-2 to make a winner of Michael Hutchinson who stopped 18-19 shots.

The Vancouver Canucks have been playing well with wins in three of four after a 2-1 OT victory against visiting Boston on Saturday. The Bruins lone goal came at 7:45 of the third off the stick of Joakim Nordstrom while Jaroslav Halak allowed both goals on 22 shots to fall to 2-0-2.

Brandon Sutter gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at the 3:40 mark of the first period with Jake Virtanen and Troy Stecher assisting. Jacob Marksrom upped his record to 2-2 for Vancouver with a 30 save performance.

Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Pacific and Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and over is 4-1-1 in Capitals last 6 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game. Under is 5-0 in Canucks last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and under is 5-0 in Canucks last 5 overall and under is 4-0 in Canucks last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. Capitals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and Capitals are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Vancouver. 

The Capitals have been inconsistent and I don’t think I’d be comfortable playing the high juice on the road. If I was betting this it would on the Canucks…

Pick:
Vancouver +1 or over 1.5 goals 1st period

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