Capitals vs Blues Prediction NHL Picks 1/20/24

St. Louis Blues (21-20-2) vs Washington Capitals (22-15-6)

Game Info: Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Blues -125 / Washington Capitals +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals will play the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at the Enterprise Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. Washington has won three of their last four games, while St. Louis is on a three game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Capitals vs Blues prediction. 

Capitals Preview

The Washington Capitals are 22-15-6 this season after they beat the Blues by a score of 5-2 in their last game. Washington was tied at one after the first period, but they scored the next three goals to pull away for the win. The Capitals out shot St. Louis by a total of 26-20 and went 2-4 on the power play in the game. Washington defeated the Ducks by a score of 2-0 in the game prior to St. Louis, but lost to the Rangers by a score of 2-1 before that. The Capitals are scoring 2.40 goals per game and they are allowing 2.86 goals against per game, while going 14.5% on the power play and 81.2% on the penalty kill. Dylan Strome has led Washington with 16 goals, 12 assists, and 88 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Washington is Charlie Lindgren, who is 9-4-3 this season with a 2.22 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. 

Blues Preview

The St. Louis Blues are 21-20-2 this year after they lost to Washington by a score of 5-2 in their last game. St. Louis tied the game at one with a goal from Nathan Walker, but allowed three straight goals for Washington to pull away. The Blues recorded 20 shots on goal and went 0-5 on the power play in the game. St. Louis lost to Philadelphia by a score of 4-2 and Boston by a score of 4-3 in the two games prior to Washington. The Blues are scoring 2.79 goals per game and they are allowing 3.23 goals against per game, while going 13.3% on the power play and 77.4% on the penalty kill. Robert Thomas has led St. Louis with 16 goals, 28 assists, and 89 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington, who is 14-12-2 this year with a 3.08 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. 

St. Louis Blues Team Facts

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

Washington Capitals Team Facts

  • The Capitals have lost each of their last eight games as underdogs against Central Division opponents.
  • The Capitals have covered the puck line in each of their last five games as underdogs against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Capitals have won the third period in each of their last four games against the Blues following a win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in seven of the Capitals' last eight games against opponents on a losing streak.

St. Louis Blues Player Prop Facts

  • Pavel Buchnevich has scored at least one goal in each of his last four appearances with his team as a favorite against the Capitals.
  • Robert Thomas has recorded at least one point in each of the Blues' last 13 Saturday night games at Enterprise Center.
  • Pavel Buchnevich has scored the last goal in three of his last four appearances with his team as a home favorite against the Capitals.
  • Justin Faulk has recorded an assist in seven of his last eight appearances with his team as a favorite against the Capitals.
  • Nathan Walker has recorded two points against the Capitals this season - most against any opponent.

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Ovechkin has scored a goal in four of the Capitals' last five games at Enterprise Center.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances in night games.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded at least one assist in each of his last five appearances.
  • Max Pacioretty has recorded two assists against the Blues this season - most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The St. Louis Blues rank 32nd in the league in penalty minutes this season (281).
  • The St. Louis Blues rank T31st in the league for power play goals this season (17).
  • The Washington Capitals rank T31st in the league for power play goals this season (17).
  • The Washington Capitals rank 31st in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (0.63).

Capitals vs Blues Betting Prediction

These two teams will complete a home and home series here, after Washington won by a score of 5-2 at home on Thursday. The Capitals have won three of their last four games, but they are one of the lowest scoring teams in the NHL. The Blues have lost three straight and they have allowed four goals or more in four of their last five games. St. Louis is 13-8-1 at home this season and I think they get the job done here. Washington has lost three of their last four road games and their inconsistent offense is going to cost them here. Take the Blues. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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