Capitals-Red Wings Defenses to Keep Scores Low, Take 'Under' as the NHL Pick

SBR Staff

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 1:34 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 1:34 PM UTC

The Washington Capitals visit the Red Wings tonight, and, based on what we've seen from these teams before, we should expect a low-scoring affair. Let's review the NHL odds for winning NHL picks.

Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings
Lines: Washington -125/ Detroit +105
Total: 5


Capitals Nearly Complete Comeback vs. Flames
The Washington Capitals last played on Friday night and they took a 3-2 loss in OT to the Flames on that night. Calgary had a 2-0 lead in the third period when Michael Latta and Jay Beagle scored to knot the game at two. That was all that Washington had, though, as they eventually lost the game in OT. The Caps really had their chances in the game as they got off 36 shots on Karri Ramo, but he was up to the task for most of the night. The Caps are now 5th in the league in scoring at 3.1 gpg.

Taking the loss in the game was  Phillipp Grubauer, who is now 2-1 with a 2.59 GAA on the year. Braden Holtby should be back in goal for the Capitals in this one and he is 9-4 with a 2.01 GAA on the year, while in his career vs the Red Wings he is 4-2 with a 2.15 GAA. Defense has not been a problem for this team as they rank 8th in the league in goals allowed, giving up just 2.3 gpg, while also ranking 7th on the penalty kill, allowing teams to convert just 15.2% of their chances. On the injury front, Brooks Orpik is listed as questionable for this game.


Red Wings Beat Senators On Tatar’s Goal in OT
On Monday night the Detroit Red Wings nearly let one get away vs the Ottawa Senators. Detroit entered the third period with a 3-1 lead, but Chris Wideman and Bobby Ryan scored in that period for Ottawa to send the game to OT. Then with 2:04 gone in the extra session it was Tomas Tatar that scored his 5th goal to secure the win. The Red Wings had been struggling, so to lose that game would have been tough for them to swallow. Gustav Nyqvist, Dylan Larkin and Riley Sheahan also scored for the Red Wings, who have now beaten Ottawa for the 2nd time this year.

Jimmy Howard had a solid game for the most part as he stopped 22 shots to grab the win and put his record at 4-5 with a 2.29 GAA on the year. Petr Mrazek should get the start here and he is 5-4 with a2.18 GAA on the year, while vs the Capitals he has gone 1-2 with a 1.38 GAA.  The Red Wings have been a poor offensive club this year, as they come in ranked 25th in scoring (2.3 gpg) and they are also 20th on the power play (17.2%), while on the defensive end they have been rather average, ranking 14th in goals allowed (2.5 gpg) and 9th in penalty kill (82.8%). Both Landon Ferraro and Brendan Smith are listed as questionable for his game.


Trends for Washington:
The Under is 15-5-2 in their last 22 vs. Eastern Conference

The Under is 9-3-2 in their last 14 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game


Trends for Detroit:

Under is 13-4-4 in their last 21 home games

The Under is 14-5-1 in their last 20 vs. Metropolitan

Only way to go here for our NHL picks is the Under. The first meeting put up just one goal and this one should be a similar defensive battle. Both these teams are not scoring a ton of goals of late and both have been playing solid on the defensive end. These teams are used to playing low scoring games this year, as they have combined to go 21-9-4 to the under so far. Petr Mrazek as he pitched the shutout vs Washington earlier in the year and should have another solid showing vs them. Detroit has scored two goals or less in eight of their last 10 games, while Washington has allowed just nine total goals in their last five games. Three goals at most in this one. Follow the NHL odds for best results.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5 at 5Dimes

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