Capitals vs. Red Wings Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Capitals are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -135 to win. Detroit is listed with a money line of +115 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 5.5 goals. Tonight’s game takes place from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Washington has lost its last two games by a combined score of 10-2 to the Flyers and Maple Leafs. Washington is now 3-4 on the season and 2-1-1 on the road. The Capitals are putting up 3.14 goals per game while allowing 3.43 per contest. Both Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov each have 11 points to lead the Capitals while Alex Ovechkin has a team-high nine goals. Braden Holtby has a 2.19 GAA this season with a .931 save percentage.
Detroit has lost its last two games to the Lightning and Maple Leafs to fall to 4-3 on the season. Detroit is 1-1 at home. The Wings are averaging 3.14 goals per game this season while allowing 3.00 per contest. Mike Green is leading the team in points with one goal and eight assists while Henrik Zetterberg has four goals and four assists. Jimmy Howard is 3-1 in net with a 2.54 GAA and a .923 save percentage this year.
The Capitals have won four the of last five meetings in this series, but the home team has won four straight. Washington has struggled lately though, allowing a lot of goals while being unable to light the lamp. Detroit has looked better than many expected and they have the goaltending to win tonight. They also have a nice balance of scoring instead of relying on a primary scorer like Washington is. The public is strongly behind the Capitals tonight, but I like the home team in an upset.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: DETROIT RED WINGS +115