Vancouver Canucks @ Washington Capitals
According to NHL betting odds Washington is a -145 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Vancouver has won the last 4 meetings between these teams. The Canucks are currently 5th in the Pacific Division, and 10th overall in the Western Conference. The Capitals are 6th in the Metropolitan Division, and 11th overall in the Eastern Conference.
Fall of a Power in the West
It’s become painfully apparent to Canucks fans that their favorite team isn’t going to snap out of their season long underachieving performance line, and postseason aspirations have become dimmer by the day. The Canucks are coming off a 3-2 overtime shootout win at Winnipeg on Wednesday evening. The win was just their 2nd in the last 16 road games for Vancouver. Vancouver is now a perfect 7-0 on the road this season on the money line versus opponents with a losing record. Contrarily, they’re a horrible 7-21 in away games versus opponents with a winning record. This will be the Canucks 2nd of a 4-game in 6-day road trip. Tonight they will be looking to snap a 9-game losing streak versus Eastern Conference opponents. The Canucks are just 4-points behind Dallas for the final playoff position in the Western Conference. The bad news is that deficit is a bit misleading since Dallas has played 3 fewer games than Vancouver.
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Like tonight’s opponent, the Washington Capitals aren’t even close to approaching the level of expectations that they anticipated going into the season. Adding insult to injury is the fact they’re coming off a pair of losses to one of the fiercest rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins. After dropping a 3-2 decision to the Penguins at home on Monday, they were shutout 2-0 in the rematch the following night at Pittsburgh. The shutout loss was the 2nd they suffered in their last 4-games, and all 4 of their previous games have gone under the total. Despite all their struggles the Capitals are just 3-points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East. However, they also have 2 fewer regular season games remaining to play than the Flyers do.
NHL Betting System
Any team (Washington) which is playing with 2-days of rest, and is coming off losses to division opponents in each of their previous 2-games, has gone 39-20 (66%) against the money line over the last 5 seasons.
Free Pick: Washington -145 over Vancouver