Capitals vs Wild Prediction - NHL Picks 1/23/24

Minnesota Wild (20-21-5) vs Washington Capitals (22-16-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -143 / Washington Capitals +115 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild face off on Tuesday in a college basketball showdown at the Xcel Energy Center. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Capitals vs Wild prediction.

Wild Coming off a Big Win

The Wild have had their issues this season, but they are coming off a big victory in the last game. The Wild faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes and they were able to secure the 5-2 victory. Kirill Kaprizov had a strong game scoring three goals. The Wild on the season are averaging 2.94 goals while their defense is giving up 3.37 goals per game. The defense is ranked 25th and the defense is going to need to step up here. Kirill Kaprizov has scored 18 goals and added 24 assists. The Wild will meet the Predators and Ducks after this one.

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Dylan Strome has scored a goal in each of the Capitals' last three games against the Wild.
  • Nicklas Backstrom has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven appearances in night games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • Nicklas Backstrom has recorded at least one assist in each of his last seven appearances in night games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks T1st in the Metropolitan Division for shootout goals (3) this season.

Capitals Offense Looks to Bounce Back

The Capitals faced off against the St. Louis Blues in the last game and they were defeated 3-0. Charlie Lindren had a strong game saving 26 of the 29 shots that he faced. The Capitals are averaging 2.34 goals while their defense is giving up 2.86 goals. The offense is ranked 30th in the league while the defense is ranked 10th. Dylan Storme is having a strong season and he has scored 16 goals and added 12 assists so far this season.

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Mats Zuccarello has scored a goal in each of the Wild's last three games as home favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Matthew Boldy has recorded at least one point in 12 of his last 13 appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Brock Faber has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Wild's last eight games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Brock Faber ranks 1st amongst rookies for average time on ice (24:44) this season.

Wild vs Capitals Betting Prediction

The Wild looked good in the last game and it’s clear that Karprizov is finally hitting his stride. The Capitals are averaging only 2.34 goals and they are going to really struggle to get the offense going here. The Wild are going to score at least three goals here, and that is going to be enough for them to get the job done. Back the Wild to win this game by at least two goals. Back the Wild on the puck line. 

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

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