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Washington Capitals at Minnesota Wild
NHL: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 8:00 PM EST
The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals have lost two in a row and they have really been up and down all season. They have only scored one goal in each of their last two games after totaling six in winning their previous two games. While the Washington offense has struggled to score in the last two games that is the strength of the team on the season while the defense does not rank in the top 25 in the league in goals against.
The Wild are riding a three-game win streak where they have been solid on both sides of the ice. In the three games, they have outscored their opponents 11-4. Minnesota sits in 2nd place in the Central Division and they have the 2nd most points in the Western Conference. The Wild rank in the middle of the pack in terms of goals per game, but in the top five in goals against.
This is the first game between these teams this season.
Power-play killing continues to struggle
The Capitals have had issues on the power-play kill this season and that continued in their last game, which was a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. They gave up two goals on six power-plays and lost even though they had 39 shots and only gave up 22. Nicklas Backstrom scored the lone goal for Washington, which happened in the 2nd period. In the game, the Caps were 0/2 on the power-play. Braden Holtby (5-5-2 3.24 GAA) took the loss giving up 21 of 24 shots. He gave up three goals in the game and had given up three goals total in his previous two starts. The Capitals have lost five of Holtby’s last six starts including his last two.
Evgeny Kuznetsov leads the Caps in points, Alex Ovechkin leads them in goals, and Backstrom leads them in assists and all three players have at least 19 points. On the season Washington is 2-3-1 on the road.
Not a lot of shots in win
In their last game, the Wild were on the road and beat the St. Louis Blues even though they only took 18 shots. They allowed 31 shots and while they were 0/2 on the power play St. Louis was also 0-2 on the power play. Joel Eriksson Ek, Mikael Granlund, and Zach Parise all lit the lamp for Minnesota, who scored two of their three goals in the 2nd period. Devan Dubnyk (8-3-2 2.14 GAA) had a solid game in between the pipes giving up two goals on 31 shots and the Wild have won three of his last four starts. Dubnyk ranks tied for 3rd in the league in wins and 9th in GAA. While he will be facing a solid Caps’ offense he will also be facing a struggling one.
Granlund leads the Wild in both points and goals and he has scored four goals and has an assist in his last three games.
Granny in the slot = 🚨 pic.twitter.com/kNHHMtBrcI
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) November 11, 2018
This season Minnesota is 5-0-2 at home.
The Minnesota Wild are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 home games
- 10-2 in their last 12 overall
- 9-2 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record
- 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win
The Washington Capitals are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Ok, so the Caps won the Stanley Cup last season, but they have not been that impressive so far in this season. They have only totaled two goals in their last two games and they will struggle on the attack again in this game. Have to take the hotter team in this one, as the Wild will get the win on home ice, which will be their 3rd in a row sending Washington to their 3rd straight loss.
Prediction: PICK: Wild
Full-Game Total Pick
The strength of the Wild is their defense and they face the strength of the Capitals, which is their offense. However, Washington has only scored one goal in each of their last two games and look for those struggles to continue in this game. Because of this the smart money is on the Under in this non-conference game.
Prediction: PICK: Under