Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals
|Date & Time||Thursday February 7, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Capital One Arena
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +165 / Washington Capitals -200 -- Over/Under: 6
The Colorado Avalanche and Washington Capitals meet Thursday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche could use a feel good victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with 29 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 51 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 223 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 89 goals on 937 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 69 goals on 625 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Washington Capitals could also use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 37 goals, John Carlson has 40 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 52 goals on 536 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 108 goals on 1,173 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in four of their last eight games.
The Avalanche are 29-66 in their last 95 road games, 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-20 in their last 27 overall. The Capitals are 122-59 in their last 181 home games, 1-6 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The over is 9-3 in Avalanche last 12 overall. The under is 5-2 in Capitals last 7 home games. The Avalanche are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Washington and 1-8 in the last 9 meetings.
Both of these teams have fallen off a cliff over the last month, especially the Washington Capitals who at one point were looking like title contenders and on a hell of a run. There's value in taking the plus money here just as a fade from the Capitals and the ridiculous juice. However, the Capitals have won eight of the last nine meetings against the Colorado Avalanche and a lot of those games haven't even been close. The Avalanche have been fade material on the road pretty much all season and I'm still holding out hope that things will turn around for the Capitals at some point. The price isn't great, but Washington should be the play.