Nashville Predators (34-24-11) at Washington Capitals (45-17-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 16, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -170 / Nashville Predators +153 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Nashville Predators invade the Verizon Center to face the Washington Capitals in a NHL hockey bout on Thursday.
With the postseason just a few weeks away many squads need to string wins together and avoid any type of losing streak. The Nashville Predators are in that position and have won back to back games after edging the visiting Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in overtime on Monday. The struggling Jets left it all on the ice as they played in front much of the night before Nashville finally caught them and won it in the extra session on a James Neal tally at 2:11 of OT. The Jets were potent offensively with Patrik Laine, Dustin Byfulglien, Joel Armia and Blake Wheeler scoring but Connor Hellebuyck struggled to keep the puck in from of him although he was blitzed with 42 shots. The Predators also received goals from Austin Watson, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Mike Fisher with Pekka Rinne getting the win.
The Washington Capitals entered Tuesday’s match up versus the visiting Minnesota Wild riding a four game slide which was their longest in over two years. With the President Cup in jeopardy the Capitals finally got back in the win column with a 4-2 victory. The slumping Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal in ten games with Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nate Schmidt and Jay Beagle also scoring. Braden Holtby was in top form with 32 stops as the Caps retook the Metropolitan lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Minnesota received goals from Eric Staal and Matt Dumba with Devan Dubnyk stopping 36 shots but the team hasn’t been able to escape their recent struggles and dropped to second in the Western Conference behind the Chicago Blackhawks.
The over is 7-1 in Predators last 8 games following a win and the over is 5-1 in Predators last 6 vs. Eastern Conference while the over is 5-1 in Predators last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The over is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 overall and the over is 3-0-1 in Capitals last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation while the Capitals are 11-2 in their last 13 vs. Central. The over is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings and the Predators are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Washington while the home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Washington Capitals and the over have been the choice when Nashville takes the ice so I lean Capitals until goalies are confirmed…