Sharks vs. Capitals Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Capitals are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -130 to win, while the Sharks are listed with a money line of +110 to prevail. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 5.5 goals. Tonight’s game takes place from the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
San Jose is coming off a 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday to snap a three-game win streak. The Sharks have played five of their last six on the road, going 3-2 in those road games. San Jose is 14-9-2 on the season and 7-3-1 on the road. The Sharks are putting up 2.56 goals per game on offense while allowing 2.24 per contest. Logan Couture is leading the team with 13 goals and eight assists while Joe Thornton is adding four goals and 12 assists. Martin Jones is 10-6-1 in net this season with a 2.23 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
Washington is coming off a 4-3 win at home over Columbus. The Capitals have won four of their last five games overall and three of their last four at home. Washington is now 15-11-1 on the season and 9-5 at home. The Capitals are scoring 2.89 goals per game on offense while allowing 3.07 per game. Evgeny Kuznetsov is the points leader for the Caps with nine goals and 20 assists while Alex Ovechkin is adding 19 goals and seven assists. Braden Holtby is 14-6 in net on the season with a 2.63 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
San Jose has won four straight meetings with the Capitals and 20 of the last 23 meetings overall. San Jose has also won 11 of its last 12 trips to Washington. The Sharks have won 6 of their last 8 Monday games as well and four straight following a loss of three goals or more. I expect the Sharks to find a way to pick up another win at Washington tonight. The Capitals are giving up too many goals while the Sharks are locked in on defense. The public betting is siding with the Capitals, but I like to Sharks to continue their dominance in this series.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: SAN JOSE SHARKS +110