Free NHL Picks: Look For Another Easy Capitals Win Over Ducks

Bruce Webster

Friday, January 22, 2016 2:06 PM GMT

The Anaheim Ducks come in off  solid 3-1 home win over the Minnesota Wild, while the Washington Capitals continue to win as they are off a 6-3 road win over Columbus, who will be our NHL pick?

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NHL Pick: Washington -155
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

John Gibson is Solid in Win over Wild
The Anaheim Ducks really have some solid numbers on defense and a big part of that has been the play of John Gibson in the crease. He has been great for them with a 1.86 GAA, but their lack of offense has saddled him with just a 10-9 record. On Wednesday night their offense did do enough for him in the 3-1 win over the Wild. He stopped 25 shots in the game to pick up the win. The Ducks are now 11-2 their last 13 games vs the Wild. Gibson should get the start in this one as well and he is also 2-3 with a 1.77 GAA on the road, while vs the Caps he has faced them once in his career and took the loss in that game, allowing five goals in the process.

Scoring for the Ducks in the win was Chris Stewart, which was his 7th of the year, Rickard Rakell, which was his 10th and Jakob Silfverberg, which was his 6th and it was an empty net. The offense has not been good for this team as I already stated and they come in dead last in scoring, putting up just 2.0 gpg, while converting on 19.3% of their power play chances, which is 11th. The defensive numbers are very strong for this the Ducks as they come in ranked 6th in goals allowed, giving up just 2.3 gpg, 3rd in shots allowed (27.2 spg) and 1st in penalty kill (89.1%).   

 

Backstrom, Kuznetsov Lead Caps Over Blue Jackets
The Capitals continue to roll after they beat up on Columbus on Tuesday night by a 6-3 score. The Caps continue to lead the league in points (73) and in their last four wins they outscored their opponents 22-7. They are the best team in the league right now, but the Blackhawks are closing the gap some. They are clearly the best team in the East though. In the win Over the Jackets it was Nicklas Backstrom that led the team with two goals, while Evgeny Kuznetsov had four assists. Alex Ovechkin also scored his 28th of the year and had an assist in the game as well. His 28 goals is 2nd in the league behind Patrick Kane’s 30. 

Grabbing the win was Braden Holtby, which was his 30th of the year. He has just been amazing so far this year, but could he be tiring some as this was the 4th time in his last eight stars that he allowed three or more goals, which is something he did in just five of his previous 27 games. He should get the start here and is 16-2 with a 1.68 GAA at home and this will be his first ever meeting with the Ducks. The Caps check in at 1st in the league in scoring, putting up 3.3 gpg, while converting on 27.1% of their power play chances, which is also tops in the league. On defense the caps come in at 1st in goals allowed, giving up just 2.2 gpg and 5th in penalty kill at 84.7%. Let's review the NHL odds & latest trends.

 

Anaheim Trends
1-10 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600
6-15 in their last 21 road games

Washington Trends
41-15 in their last 56 home games
38-18 in their last 56 vs. a team with a losing record

 

Betting Analysis
The Caps have the best offense in the league and the best goalie in the crease and they will be taking on the worst offensive team in the league. This one has the feel of a rout. How will the Ducks score enough to keep this one close? It simple, they won’t. They just don’t have enough offense in them, especially vs Holtby, who has nearly been lights out at home. This should be another easy one for the Caps as our NHL pick.