Washington had looked like they were on the playoff bubble in the East but with back-to-back wins, they appear to be in decent shape. The Caps are a road dog on the NHL odds tonight.
The Washington Capitals Can Win Because…
They’ve been getting good goaltending from Braden Holtby. He continues to quietly be one of the better goaltenders in the NHL this season with a 2.19 GAA and a .924 save percentage. He did give up three goals to Buffalo in his latest outing but he’s still just allowed 18 goals in his last nine starts and has posted a save percentage of .930 in that span.
The Caps may be NHL betting odds road dog in this one but that shouldn’t limit them that much. They are only 20-16 at home compared to 18-17 on the road. In other words, they play about the same wherever they are. They’ve won six of their last nine road games.
The Minnesota Wild Can Win Because…
They’re just unstoppable right now. The Wild continue to roll as they have become one of the best teams in the NHL since acquiring Devan Dubnyk. On Thursday, he’s expected to make this 26th consecutive start and you can’t really blame the Wild for riding him. He’s allowed two goals or less in 13 of his last 14 outings, so you know that he’s going to give the team a good chance to win. So far this month, he has a sparkling .942 save percentage and has allowed just 14 goals in eight starts. He’s gone 21-5-1 as a member of the Wild and helped propel the team from third-last in the conference all the way into playoff position with a four-point cushion.
The Caps were one of the team’s that Minnesota has taken care of during this hot spell. They edged the Capitals in Washington 2-1 just two weeks ago, so it makes sense to stick with the Wild now that they’re at home.
The Wild’s offense is on a roll as Zach Parise has eight points in his last seven games while Thomas Vanek has six points in his last five. This team is clicking all the way around and are the better choice for your NHL picks.
The Wild continue to pile up wins, so why bet against them? Washington has been a bit clumsy of late, going just 2-2 in their last four. Their latest win required a shootout against the Buffalo Sabres, who are absolutely pathetic. Meanwhile, the Wild have won nine of their last 12 against teams with a winning record. They’ve also won seven straight times as the host in this series.
At the same time, if you don’t have an appetite for the juice, take the under. We should see another low-scoring affair like we did when these teams met on March 5th. Both goaltenders are playing well right now.
NHL Pick: Wild -140 & Under 5 at Bodog