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Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks
NCAAB: Sunday, February 16, 2019 at 9:00 PM EST
The defending champion Capitals have won two of their last three and four of their last six games and they are in 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division a few points back of the New York Islanders. The Caps have totaled 11 goals in the two wins in their last three games while in the one loss in that span they were shut out. On the season, the defense has been the main issue for Washington only ranking 21st in the league in goals against while allowing a legit 7th in the league in goals per game.
The Ducks are reeling losing eight of their last nine games and with their swoon, they have dropped near the bottom of the Western Conference. Their offense has really struggled and in the Ducks last 10 games they have only totaled more than two goals once and in that game, they scored three goals in a 9-3 loss. Anaheim now ranks dead last in the league in goals per game and they also do not rank in the top 20 in the league in goals against.
The Capitals have won six of their last eight games facing the Ducks in Anaheim.
Great game on both sides of the ice
In their last game, the Capitals were on the road and they beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 where they had a great game on both ends of the ice. They had 29 shots in the game and held San Jose to 26 shots and they scored one of their goals on the power play. Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 39th goal in the game, and also had an assist, T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, and Nicklas Backstrom notched two assists for Washington.
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Braden Holtby (20-14-4 2.99 GAA) got the win stopping 25 of 26 shots and he had given up seven goals in his last two starts, which were both Capitals’ losses.
Besides Ovechkin six players for Washington have at least 13 goals and Backstrom leads the team in assists and he had no registered a point before the two-assist game in the win over San Jose. this season, the Capitals are 15-10-2 on the road.
No dice on the attack
The Ducks were on home ice in their last game where their offense came up empty in a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins. They only had one less shot than Boston (30-29) and they gave up a power play goal and came up empty on the three power play chances they had. Kevin Boyle (1-1 1.51 GAA) took the loss giving up two goals on 28 shots and this was after a shutout win in his previous start. #1 G John Gibson is likely out with an injury for this game and Ryan Miller, who served as a backup in the last game, has not seen ice time since mid-December so Boyle may get another start in between the pipes.
Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks in both points and assists on the season and he only has three points on two assists and one goal in his last five games. This season, Anaheim is 11-9-8 at home.
The Anaheim Ducks are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games
- 6-20 in their last 26 overall
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan
- 3-13 in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference
The Washington Capitals are:
- 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference
- 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Pacific
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Ducks have been reeling as of late while the Capitals have won two of their last three games and put five goals in their last game on the left coast. You have to go with Washington in this one with how the Anaheim offense has been inept in the last several games. The Caps will win this one an d send the Ducks to their 9th loss in their last 10 games.
Prediction: PICK: Capitals
Full-Game Total Pick
Even with the Caps putting up five goals in their last game have to go with the Under in this one. The Ducks are really struggling to score in their last several games and that will not change in this game facing a Caps’ team that only gave up one goal in their last game. The Under is the pick in this non-conference affair where the Ducks will be stymied on the attack yet again.
Prediction: PICK: Under