Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals - 2/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals - 2/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (28-17-9) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (34-14-4)

Game Info: Monday, February 28, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -133 / Toronto Maple Leafs +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Capitals Host The Toronto Maple Leafs in Monday NHL Action.

The Washington Capitals come into this contest with an overall record of 28-17-9. Through 54 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 173 times, good for a rank of 11th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 14th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.76 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 28th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 12th ranked team in the NHL.

The Toronto Maple Leafs travel to take on the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 34-14-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Atlantic division. Through 52 games, the Maple Leafs have scored 192 goals, giving them an average of 3.65. This output gives them a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. On defense, Toronto is the 10th ranked unit, giving up 2.85 goals per contest. So far, the Maple Leafs have played the 19th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Toronto's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 5th in the NHL.

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Through 52 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 63 points. He has reached his mark of 32 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.8%. So far, 25.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 35 assists to go along with his 15 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.85 goals per game.

Through 49 games, the Toronto Maple Leafs' goal and overall scoring leader is Auston Matthews, with 68 points. He has reached his mark of 37 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.7%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mitch Marner, who has 33 assists to go along with his 21 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +17. Toronto's top goalie is Jack Campbell, who is giving up an average of 2.55 goals per game. In his 38 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Washington's 54 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 27-24-1. On the season, 56.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 52.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. In Toronto's 52 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 27-21. On the season, 62.0% of Toronto's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Maple Leafs. With an over-under line at just 5.5 goals, look for this game to surpass that line.

 

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