Washington Capitals at Colorado Avalanche - 4/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (55-14-6) vs Washington Capitals (42-23-10)
Game Info: Monday, April 18, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)
Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -125 / Washington Capitals +250 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Colorado Avalanche host the Washington Capitals in Monday NHL Action.
The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 42-23-10. Through 75 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 260 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 14th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.95 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 Colorado Avalanche get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 55-14-6. This mark places them 1st in the Central division. Through 75 games, the Avalanche have scored 294 goals, giving them an average of 3.87. This output gives them a rank of 2nd among NHL teams. On defense, Colorado is the 5th ranked unit, giving up 2.73 goals per contest. So far, the Avalanche have played the 30th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Colorado's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 2nd in the NHL.
Through 73 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 86 points. He has reached his mark of 47 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.8%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 51 assists to go along with his 23 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 3.0 goals per game.
Through 72 games, the Colorado Avalanche's goal and overall scoring leader is Mikko Rantanen, with 91 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.6%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nathan MacKinnon, who has 53 assists to go along with his 31 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +21. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.41 goals per game. In his 52 games played, he has turned in 31 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Washington's 75 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-29-2. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-15. On the season 65.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. In Colorado's 75 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-32-2. So far, taking the over when the Avalanche are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-17-1. On the season, 61.0% of Colorado's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Avalanche. Look for the defense to win out in what should be a low-scoring matchup. Despite each team sitting above the NHL average in scoring, both defensive units have done a good job limiting their opponent's scoring opportunites.
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