Minnesota Wild (43-18-6) at Washington Capitals (44-17-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 14, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -141 / Minnesota Wild +128 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL hockey action comes to the Verizon Center when the Washington Capitals host the Minnesota Wild.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild are locked in to a battle to win the Central Division so the importance of a head-to-head match up is obvious. The Blackhawks knocked off the Wild 4-2 on Sunday to prevent a three game slide while moving to within a single point of the Central Division lead. The balanced Chicago offense received goals from Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Marian Hossa to make the monster 42 stop performance of Corey Crawford hold up and lift the Blackhawks to 43-20-5. The Wild struggled early with two goals allowed on Chicago’s first two shots which saw the Wild replace Devan Dubnyk with Darcy Kuemper in the nets. Mikael Granlund and Eric Staal tallied for Minnesota who lost the season series to the Blackhawks.
The Washington Capitals haven’t looked the same since the All Star break and need to string together some wins to right the ship and build some confidence. The Capitals dropped a 5-2 decision at Anaheim Sunday and are staring at a four game slide which is their longest of the year. The Ducks had too much firepower in this one with Corey Perry scoring twice while Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Richard Rakell also lit the lamp to support the 25 save performance of Jonathan Bernier. The Caps offense came off the sticks of Marcus Johansson and John Carlson but Braden Holtby struggled between the pipes with all five goals allowed on 32 shots.
The Wild are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and the Wild are 8-1 in their last 9 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game while the over is 10-2-1 in Wild last 13 vs. a team with a winning record. The under is 3-0-1 in Capitals last 4 Tuesday games and the over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall while the Capitals are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Washington and the Wild are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Washington while the home team is 14-4 in the last 18 meetings.
Neither team is my favorite to bet on right now so my lean is not a no brainer and might change…