Washington Capitals (4-4-1) at Vancouver Canucks (5-3-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 26, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +131 / Washington Capitals -145 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Washington Capitals make the long trip west to face the Vancouver Canucks in Thursday NHL.
The Washington Capitals look for consistency when the team goes on the road to take the ice with the Vancouver Canucks. The Washington Capitols fell to the visiting Florida Panthers 4-1 on Saturday to drop their third in four contests.
The Panthers built a 3-0 lead heading to the third period on goals from Connor Brinkley and Evgenii Dadonov on the power play before Vincent Trocheck added another PP tally in the second. Washington got on the scoreboard on a goal from Christian Djoos at 15:23 but the Caps offense was kept under wraps after that.
The Panthers added an empty net goal with 1:16 remaining courtesy of Aleksander Barkov. James Reimer picked up the win for Florida with a 42 save performance while Philipp Grubauer gave up three goals on 22 shots to fall to 0-2-1.
The Vancouver Canucks were not given high grades coming in to 2017-18 but the team is off to a solid start thus far. Vancouver has racked up three consecutive victories after downing the Minnesota Wild 1-0 on Tuesday night.
This was a classic goal tending duel that wasn’t decided until the final buzzer. Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen scored the only goal of the game in the third and the defense made it stand up. Anders Nilsson brushed aside 29 shots to post his second shutout of the year to help the Canucks to a 4-1 record on a long road trip.
The Wild are off to a slow start with a myriad of injuries hurting the team as they fell to 2-3-2. Minnesota received 24 saves from Devan Dubnyk but he was shutout for the second this season.
Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals and over is 5-1-2 in Capitals last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and over is 5-1 in Capitals last 6 vs. Pacific. Over is 6-1-3 in Canucks last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and over is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 Thursday games and Canucks are 4-18 in their last 22 home games. Capitals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and Capitals are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Vancouver.
This is a game where Washington would be expected to win but the team has not found a groove yet. On the flipside the Canucks are playing well so we have to decide if the Caps finally get it going or Vancouver continues to play well. Not a big bet either way for me…