Minnesota Wild vs. Washington Capitals - 3/1/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (39-19-6) at Minnesota Wild (32-25-7)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild +118 / Washington Capitals -130 --- Over/Under: 6
The Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Washington Capitals need a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 43 goals, John Carlson has 57 assists and T.J. Oshie has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 54 goals on 650 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 130 goals on 1,262 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 16 games.
The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 22 goals, Ryan Suter has 36 assists and Eric Staal has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 89 goals on 823 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 84 goals on 938 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Capitals are 8-1 in their last 9 Sunday games, 2-6 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 4-9 in their last 13 games as a home underdog and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The under is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 road games. The under is 5-2-1 in Wild last 8 home games. The Capitals are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
The road team has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the Capitals and Wild, and the Caps have been on the winning side in seven of the last eight of those meetings. It's only a matter of time before the Capitals get out of this funk, and as long as we're getting these cheap prices with them, they're a hard club to pass up. Given the one-sided history between these teams, I'll side with the Capitals and a cheap price.