Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks - 3/11/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks - 3/11/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks (29-23-6) vs Washington Capitals (31-18-10)

Game Info: Friday, March 11, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)

Betting Odds: Vancouver Canucks +100 / Washington Capitals -120 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vancouver Canucks host the Washington Capitals in Friday NHL Action.

The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-18-10. Through 59 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 193 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 12th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.78 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 25th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th ranked team in the NHL.

The Vancouver Canucks get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 29-23-6. This mark places them 5th in the Pacific division. Through 58 games, the Canucks have scored 169 goals, giving them an average of 2.86. This output gives them a rank of 21st among NHL teams. On defense, Vancouver is the 14th ranked unit, giving up 2.84 goals per contest. So far, the Canucks have played the 19th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Vancouver's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 18th in the NHL.

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Through 57 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 70 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.2%. So far, 28% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 38 assists to go along with his 16 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +10.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.96 goals per game.

Through 56 games, the Vancouver Canucks' goal and overall scoring leader is J.T. Miller, with 67 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 17.2%. So far, 26.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Quinn Hughes, who has 41 assists to go along with his 4 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9.0. Vancouver's top goalie is Thatcher Demko, who is giving up an average of 2.64 goals per game. In his 46 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Washington's 59 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 30-29. So far, the Capitals have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 19 of their 29 road games. On the season, the Washington Capitals have a per-game scoring differential of 0.46. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.69 goals. Heading into their game with the Vancouver Canucks, the Capitals have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 20 goals, accounting for 57% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.24 goals per game 3 times. With Washington coming into this game as the slight favorite, look for them to pick up the win over Vancouver. 

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Joe’s Pick Washington -120

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