Expect Plenty Of Scoring As Capitals Visit Blues

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 7:08 PM GMT

After allowing eight goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins to stop their nine-game winning streak, SBR NHL handicapper Dana Lane expects the Washington Capitals to be in another high-scoring affair Thursday in St. Louis. 

2016-2017 NHL Season Record: 46-41 (+11.14 units)

One thing we can guarantee: The Washington Capitals have a ton of firepower, meaning they could get 'over' the total by themselves on any given night. There are some 5.5's out there, but let's stick with 5 on Thursday's NHL betting lines in St. Louis even if we have to give up a little juice.

While much is made of the Capitals offensively, let's not lose sight of the fact that St. Louis has only scored 10 fewer goals this season so thankfully we don't have to rely on the Caps to reserve a spot at cashiers cage.

The problem with the Blues, a positive for us, is they have been horrible on defense, which isn't exactly the formula for keeping the Capitals at bay. The Blues have given up 41 more goals than Washington, putting them at 25th in the league in goals allowed.

Washington hasn't played in two days, since its 8-7 loss to the Penguins, which could mean one of two things. Either the Caps are chomping at the bit to get back on the ice and hungry to put that loss behind them after some questionable officiating OR they'll be a little sloppy with the puck, allowing St. Louis some early opportunities. We really just need two goals from the Blues and this game flies 'over' the number.

Washington isn't just Alexander Ovechkin. The Caps are starting to find that secondary scoring that had eluded them for periods of time this season. Daniel Winnick, Jay Beagle and Andre Burakovsky have supported their top-line offensive weapons as of late in making the Capitals more of a danger. Nicklas Backstrom has 13 points in his last seven games, and Ovechkin will look to build off his earlier effort against the Blues when he hit the back of the net three times in a 4-3 Capitals victory. The Caps have scored 47 goals in their last 10 games.

The Blues haven't played with the same heart since David Backes left for Boston this past offseason. There was a grit that he brought in and out of the locker room that doesn't seem to be there this season. St. Louis dropped a 6-4 decision to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday so that brings up the question: If the Senators put up six against the Blues, what will the Capitals lay on them? Yes, I know, that backup Carter Hutton was in goal Tuesday, but many in the organization preferred Hutton over Jake Allen in training camp.

NHL Free Pick: 'Over' 5 Goals

Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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