Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights - 4/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights - 4/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights (41-31-5) vs Washington Capitals (43-23-10)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights +125 / Washington Capitals +162 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vegas Golden Knights host the Washington Capitals in Wednesday NHL Action.

The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 43-23-10. Through 76 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 263 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 2.93 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 23rd 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 Vegas Golden Knights get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 41-31-5. This mark places them 4th in the Pacific division. Through 77 games, the Golden Knights have scored 246 goals, giving them an average of 3.14. This output gives them a rank of 12th among NHL teams. On defense, Vegas is the 16th-ranked unit, giving up 2.96 goals per contest. So far, the Golden Knights have played the 19th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Vegas's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 16th in the NHL.

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Through 74 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 87 points. He has reached his mark of 48 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. So far, 33.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 52 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.97 goals per game.

Through 71 games, the Vegas Golden Knights' goal and overall scoring leader is Jonathan Marchessault, with 64 points. He has reached his mark of 29 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.2%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Chandler Stephenson, who has 40 assists to go along with his 18 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +1. Vegas's top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.83 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 44 percent of the time.

In Washington's 76 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-30-2. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-16. On the season, 64.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. In Vegas's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 42-32-3. So far, taking the over when the Golden Knights are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-14-2. On the season, 58.0% of Vegas's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Golden Knights. With an over-under line set at 6 goals, look for Washington and Vegas to surpass this number, as both teams are above average offensive teams taking on mediocre defensive units.

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