Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals - 2/13/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (36-15-5) at Colorado Avalanche (33-16-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -125 / Washington Capitals +113 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche meet Thursday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The Washington Capitals need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 40 goals, John Carlson has 52 assists and T.J. Oshie has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 49 goals on 590 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 113 goals on 1,070 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Colorado Avalanche look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 32 goals, Cale Makar has 30 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 86 goals on 1,014 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 47 goals on 629 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in five straight games.
The Capitals are 8-2 in their last 10 games as an underdog, 8-2 in their last 10 games as a road underdog and 20-7 in their last 27 road games. The Avalanche are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The over is 6-1-1 in Capitals last 8 road games. The under is 4-0 in Avalanche last 4 overall. The Capitals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado and 9-2 in the last 11 meetings. The favorite is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche have caught fire over the last two weeks and are a dangerous team that should have the edge on their home ice. The problem is we don't get the Washington Capitals in the underdog role much these days, and it's only a matter of time before they snap out of this funk. The Washington Capitals are also still the third most profitable team in the sport. I have to take the Caps and the plus money simply because we won't find these prices often.