Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators - 1/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators - 1/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators (22-19-7) at Washington Capitals (34-11-5)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Capital One Arena)

The Line: Washington Capitals -160 / Nashville Predators +144 --- Over/Under: 6

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The Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The Nashville Predators need a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 16 goals, Roman Josi has 34 assists and Ryan Ellis has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 73.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 83 goals on 809 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 64 goals on 610 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed four or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.

The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 34 goals, John Carlson has 47 assists and T.J. Oshie has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 37 goals on 508 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 99 goals on 978 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.

The Predators are 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 Wednesday games. The Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win, 38-17 in their last 55 games as a favorite and 31-12 in their last 43 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Predators last 5 overall. The over is 7-3-1 in Capitals last 11 overall. The Predators are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 7-0 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Washington and 11-1-1 in the last 13 meetings.

The Nashville Predators have won each of the last seven games against the Capitals and have scored four or more goals in each of the last five meetings, so there's reason to consider the big plus money here. However, the Preds are in awful form right now and that defense makes them hard to trust on the road. The Washington Capitals are in one of those impressive winning stretches and they're one of those teams you blindly ride until they run cold, as we've seen each year they're capable of piling on the wins at an unreal pace. Give me the home team and the somewhat reasonable price. 

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -160

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