Capitalize On Washington Against Toronto

Washington Capitals players celebrating

Dana Lane

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 7:53 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 7:53 PM UTC

Expert capper has selected the game between Toronto and Washington for his top play in the NHL action tonight. Read on and get ready to make some money!

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals 

There's an adage in hockey that states, in order to be successful your best players have to be your best players. 

Against Toronto, Alexander Ovechkin has been the Washington Capitals best player.  In 40 career meetings Ovechkin has racked up 32 goals to go with 26 assists. I'll do the math for you, that's 1.45 points per meeting against the Leafs.

In December 'Ovi' was relatively quiet as he totaled just 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) but even though Alexander's been quiet the Capitals have been offensively consistent scoring 18 goals in their last six games. The scary part is they've scored 17 of those at even strength. 

I have the Capitals third in my power rankings but they could be even higher once they get their power play in gear.  The Capitals are 18th in the league in extra-man scoring (16.7%).  On the penalty kill, the Capitals feature the third-best unit with an 87.3% rate of success. They were a perfect 9-9 in Saturday's 6-2 win against New Jersey.

Braden Holtby has once again best one of the league with a 2.06 goals against average, league average in 2.68. His success has been relatively quiet as Barry Trotz is attempting to keep Holtby fresher for the postseason. 

Holtby plays in the back of one of the league's best offensive blue lines as the Caps defensemen have combined for 73 points. Defensively they are a unit.  There aren't any Brent Burns or Victor Hedman's to lead this team, instead, they find a different hero every night as they did against the Senators Saturday when Taylor Chorney scored the game winner.

The Capitals have more depth this year. Brett Connolly, Lars Eller, and Andre Burakovsky have allowed the Caps to not be so top heavy.

Toronto has improved over last season but they still aren't reliable when playing teams in the East.  Over their last 106 games against the Eastern Conference, Toronto is just 34-72 while Washington is 55-20 against teams with a losing record over their last 75 games. 

Let's back the Capitals tonight in a revenge spot against Toronto.

Make sure to shop for the best lines at SBR. It's especially important in this one because we see some numbers creeping up around the -155/-160 range. 

 Free NHL Pick: Washington Capitals -148Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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