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Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/11/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings (21-23-9) at Washington Capitals (32-17-5)
Date & Time Sunday February 11, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Washington Capitals -175 / Detroit Red Wings +158 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Washington Capitals brace for a visit from the Detroit Red Wings in a Sunday NHL tilt.

The goal for the Detroit Red Wings is for a return to the postseason but that would require a titanic second half run. Detroit comes off of a 7-6, OT loss at the Islanders where Anthony Mantha scored twice with Martin Frk, Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm and Mike Green also lighting the lamp while Petr Mrazek allowed seven  goals on 29 shots to get the loss.

The explosive New York offense saw Brock Nelson record a hat trick including the winner in the extra session. Nick Leddy, Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey also found the back of the net while Mathew Barzal added four assists before Thomas Greiss allowed five goals on 32 shots with Jaroslav Halak stopping 6-7 shots to get the win for New York. 

The Washington Capitals have won four of six to maintain their lead in the Metropolitan capped off by a 4-2 victory versus Columbus to sweep their home-and-home series against the Blue Jackets. The Columbus scoring came from Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin while Sergei Bobrovsky gave up four goals on 17 shots to get the loss. 

Four different players lit the lamp for the Capitals with John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetov, Jay Beagle and Lars Eller all scoring. Kuznetov and Eller also gave Washington helpers and Braden Holtby recorded 35 stops to get the win. 

Under is 8-1 in Red Wings last 9 vs. Metropolitan and under is 7-1 in Red Wings last 8 road games and Red Wings are 1-6 in their last 7 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game. Under is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 games following a win and Capitals are 7-1 in their last 8 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. Red Wings are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Washington and Red Wings are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.  

I think we have to consider who is playing better and that is Washington who has the added benefit of playing at home…

Washington -.5 // will update

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