Flames vs Capitals Prediction - NHL Picks 10/16/23

Washington Capitals (0-1) vs Calgary Flames (1-1)

Game Info: Monday, October 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -104 / Calgary Flames -115 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Calgary Flames will play the Washington Capitals on Monday night at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Calgary won their first game of the season, but lost their second game, while Washington lost their opener to Pittsburgh. 

Flames Preview

The Calgary Flames are 1-1-0 this season after they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 5-2 in their last game. Calgary led 1-0 heading into the third period, but they allowed five goals in the third period for the loss. The Flames out shot Pittsburgh by a total of 36-29 and went 1-3 on the power play in the game. Calgary opened their season with a 5-3 win at home against the Jets. The Calgary Flames are scoring 3.50 goals per game and they are allowing 4.00 goals against per game, while they are 33.3% on the power play and 100% on the penalty kill this season. Elias Lindholm has led the Flames this season with one goal, three assists, and four shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Calgary is Jacob Markstrom, who is 1-1-0 this season with a 3.57 goals against average and a .892 save percentage this year. 

Capitals Preview

The Washington Capitals are 0-1-0 this year after they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 4-0 in their first game. Washington was tied 0-0 in the second period, but they allowed Pittsburgh to score three goals in the middle period and add the fourth in the third period for the loss. The Capitals were out shot by a total of 35-19 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Washington won 44.8% of the face-offs and recorded 18 hits. Alex Ovechkin had four shots on goal in the game, while John Carlson added three shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Washington is Darcy Kuemper, who will be making his first appearance of the season. 

Washington Capitals Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won four of the last five games between the Flames and Capitals at Capital One Arena.
  • The Capitals have failed to cover the puck line in five of their last six games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Capitals have lost the third period in six of their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The 'Over 2.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in three of the last four games between the Flames and Capitals at Capital One Arena.

Calgary Flames Team Facts

  • The Flames have lost seven of their last eight Monday games as favorites.
  • The Flames have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last five games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Flames have won the third period in four of their last five games as favorites against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Flames' last seven games as favorites.

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Tom Wilson has scored a goal in four of the Capitals' last five games as underdogs.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded at least one point in seven of the Capitals' last eight games against the Flames.
  • Dylan Strome has recorded an assist in five of the Capitals' last six games as underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.

Calgary Flames Player Prop Facts

  • Elias Lindholm has scored at least one goal in six of his last seven appearances with his team as a favorite against the Capitals.
  • Andrew Mangiapane has recorded at least one point in each of the Flames' last six games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Mikael Backlund has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Flames' last eight games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Andrew Mangiapane ranks T3rd in the league for multi-goal game (1) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Washington Capitals ranks T25th in the league in power play percentage this season (0.00%).
  • The Washington Capitals ranks 32nd in the league for shots per game this season (19.0).
  • The Calgary Flames ranks T1st in the league for power play goals against this season (0).
  • The Calgary Flames ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (0).

Pick

Washington comes into this game still searching for their first goal of the season, as they were shutout at home in their first game. Calgary had a nice win against the Jets in their first game, but lost on the road in their second game. I do think we are going to see a better effort out of the Capitals in this game, but they need to get better goaltending. Lindgren started in net for Washington in the first game, but Kuemper is expected to be back for this one. I like the Capitals to bounce back with a home win here. 

David’s Pick Capitals ML

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