Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche
|Date & Time||Monday October 14, 2019, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
Capital One Arena
WSH -130 O/U 6.5
The Colorado Avalanche are set to visit Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. for a cross-conference clash against the Washington Capitals. The Colorado Avalanche come into this matchup with a 4-0 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent home game against the Arizona Coyotes, 3-2 in OT. Andre Burakovsky, Tyson Jost, and Nazem Kadri recorded the goals for the Avalanche while Cale Makar pitched in 2 assists. The Colorado Avalanche were slightly outshot by the Arizona Coyotes, 36-32.
The Colorado Avalanche were solid in keeping the Arizona Coyotes off the scoreboard as they held them to 2 goals on 36 shots. The Avalanche starting goaltender Pavel Francouz had a big game in the crease as he recorded 34 saves which pushed his season save percentage to .944 and GAA to 1.90. The Colorado Avalanche were able to edge out the Arizona Coyotes in the faceoff circle, 32-31.
The Washington Capitals come into this matchup with a 3-1-2 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent road game against the Dallas Stars, 4-1. Tom Wilson and John Carlson had big games for the Capitals as they each recorded 1 goal and 1 assist while Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuzznetsov recorded the other goals. The Washington Capitals were even with the Dallas Stars in the shot department as they both recorded 25 shots on goal.
The Washington Capitals were solid in keeping the Dallas Stars off the scoreboard as they held them to 1 goal on 25 shots. The Capitals starting goaltender Ilya Samsonov had a good game in the crease as he recorded 24 saves which pushed his season save percentage to .961 and GAA to 1.00. The Washington Capitals edged out the Dallas Stars in the faceoff circle, 37-31.
Both of these teams have been impressive to open the season, but I am more intrigued with the start of the Colorado Avalanche and I think they will continue their success on the road. The Avalanche have received good starts from Nathan McKinnon and Mikko Rantanen as they both have tallied 6 points, but their starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer has been the main cause of their success. The Avalanche should keep the Capitals in check on their side of their ice due to the early success from their defensive units, and they will leave Washington D.C. with a win.