Capitals vs Avalanche Prediction NHL Picks 1/24/24

Colorado Avalanche (30-14-3) vs Washington Capitals (22-17-6)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 9:30 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -225 / Washington Capitals +184 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals will play the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. Washington has lost two games in a row, while Colorado has alternated wins and losses over their last five games. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Capitals vs Avalanche prediction.

Capitals Preview

The Washington Capitals are 22-17-6 this year after they lost to Minnesota by a score of 5-3 in their last game. Washington cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second period, but Minnesota scored the next two goals to pull away. The Capitals out shot Minnesota by a total of 33-30 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. Washington lost to St. Louis by a score of 3-0 in the game prior to Minnesota, but did defeat the Blues and Ducks before that. The Capitals are scoring 2.34 goals per game and they are allowing 2.86 goals against per game, while going 14.2% on the power play and 80.7% on the penalty kill. Dylan Strome has led Washington with 16 goals, 12 assists, and 90 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Washington is Charlie Lindgren, who is 9-5-3 this year with a 2.27 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. 

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • T.J. Oshie has scored at least one goal in three of his last four appearances against Central Division opponents.
  • John Carlson has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances at Ball Arena.
  • Max Pacioretty has recorded an assist in each of his last four appearances at Ball Arena.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks T1st in the Metropolitan Division for shootout goals (3) this season.

Avalanche Preview

The Colorado Avalanche are 30-14-3 this season after they defeated the Flyers by a score of 7-4 in their last game. Colorado had their lead cut to 5-4 in the third period, but they scored the final two goals for the win. The Avalanche were out shot by a total of 40-25 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Colorado lost to Boston by a score of 5-2 in the game prior to Philadelphia, but did defeat Ottawa by a score of 7-4 in the game before that. The Avalanche are scoring 3.77 goals per game and they are allowing 3.17 goals against per game, while going 25.1% on the power play and 81.6% on the penalty kill. Nathan MacKinnon has led Colorado with 26 goals, 51 assists, and 213 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Colorado is Alexandar Georgiev, who is 25-11-2 this season with a 2.98 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. 

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Nathan MacKinnon has scored at least one goal in each of the Avalanche's last four games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has recorded at least one assist in each of the Avalanche's last 10 home games against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Valeri Nichushkin has recorded at least one point in nine of the Avalanche's last 10 home games against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Nathan MacKinnon ranks 1st in the league for Assists (51) this season.

Capitals vs Avalanche Betting Prediction

Washington comes into this game on a two game losing streak and they will be on a back to back, as they lost last night to Minnesota. Colorado has been a little inconsistent recently, but they are 18-5-0 at home this season. The Avalanche are one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL, while Washington is only scoring 2.34 goals per game. The Capitals may be the better defensive team in this matchup, but they are only 9-10-2 on the road. Take Colorado -1.5 in this matchup. 

David’s Pick Avalanche -1.5

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