St. Louis Blues (44-22-9) at Washington Capitals (53-15-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 26, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -154 / St. Louis Blues +130 --- Over/Under:
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The Capitals look to build on their 1-0 overtime win in New Jersey last night as they host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
The Blues head into DC on Saturday night looking to take over top spot in the Central as they sit in a dead heat with the Dallas Stars with identical 44-22-9 marks and both have clinched their way into the Western Conference playoffs. St. Louis though would love to gain top seed in the West and have home ice throughout the playoffs and with just seven games left on their regular season schedule they have a very good chance at achieving that mark if they can fend off a very high energy Dallas side. St. Louis faces the league leading Capitals in this spot but do catch them in a back to back as they outlasted the Devils in a marathon of a game last night so they could be in a prime position for a let down here. Jake Allen will get the start in goal for the Blues as he is expected to face off against Braden Holtby but don’t be surprised if we see Phillip Grubauer in this spot.
The Capitals are far and away the team to beat in the Eastern Conference and are even considered among some circles as the best team in the league without any consideration from their Western counterparts and with a 14 point lead on the next best team they have the right to that claim. Washington is 53-15-5 this season which is a ludicrous mark and with nine games left on their schedule they aren’t close to attaining the season high and have basically wrapped up the President’s Trophy for the league’s best regular season record. However, they are playing a very good Blues side here that really needs the win and with the price we are getting I am going to take a swing with a very good team in what could be a preview of the Stanley Cup final.