Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche - 10/14/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (4-0) at Washington Capitals (3-1-2)
NHL Hockey: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -132 / Colorado Avalanche +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Colorado Avalanche and Washington Capitals meet Monday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look for their first road victory to build on their surprising 4-0 start to the season. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 27.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with three goals, Nathan MacKinnon has five assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed seven goals on 102 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed two goals on 36 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in all four games this season.
The Washington Capitals could use a win here after losing three of their last four games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with four goals, John Carlson has eight assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed two goals on 51 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 15 goals on 114 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in three of their first six games.
The Avalanche are 6-0 in their last 6 games following a win, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home underdog and 37-79 in their last 116 road games. The Capitals are 14-6 in their last 20 games as a favorite, 9-4 in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 134-66 in their last 200 home games. The under is 2-0-4 in Avalanche last 6 overall. The over is 5-1 in Capitals last 6 home games. The Avalanche are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.
We'll find out just how real this start is when the Colorado Avalanche take the road for the first time, and there's reason to question things given their road struggles the last couple of years. The Washington Capitals don't stay in these sluggish stretches for long, and they've won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Colorado Avalanche. In fact, five of the last seven wins for the Capitals over the Avalanche have been won by two or more goals, so most of those games weren't even really competitive. I'll side with the Capitals on their home ice given the history between these two teams.