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Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles California
When: Monday, February 18, 2019 10:30pm Eastern
We have the National Hockey League before us when the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals visit California and a contest with the Los Angeles Kings. Washington is currently 21 points behind Eastern Conference leader Tampa Bay and the Kings are in last place in the Western Conference. This should be an interesting game and I’m looking forward to discussing it with you today.
Capitals Looking to Sweep Season Series
If the season were to end today, the Capitals would be the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Washington has a record of 33 wins, 19 losses and seven overtime losses this season. The Capitals also boast a goal differential of plus 13 and over their last ten games has a record of 5-3-2 and Monday will mark their fourth road game and the second of a back to back.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 16, 2019
Washington isn’t reporting any injuries for their game with the Kings.
The Capitals defeated Los Angeles by a score of 6-4 in their only other meeting this season. Washington has a road record of 15-10-2 and are on a one-game winning streak.
Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 66 points with 39 goals and 27 assists for a +/- of plus eight. Ovechkin has two goals with six helpers for a +/- of zero over his last five games.
Phoenix Copley is scheduled to protect the cage on Monday night. Copley has a record of 12-5-3 this season with 3.02 goals against average and 90 percent save percentage. Copley has one shutout and a 58 percent shootout save percentage this season.
Over their last five games, the Capitals have outscored their opponents 19-16 and were outshot by a total of 159-152. Washington scored three power play goals on 16 opportunities for an 18.8 percent success rate and allowed two goals on 14 chances for a 85 percent success rate over their last five games.
Kings Power Play Woes Continue
If the regular season were to end today, the Los Angeles Kings would end the season in last place and be watching the playoffs from whatever tropical destination they chose for a postseason vacation. The Kings are behind current second wild card placeholder Minnesota, and while there is always a chance the Kings can turn on the jets, realistically speaking, I’m not sure this hockey club has that in them.
"With having four minutes left and having a power play and a tied game, we have to find a way to score." – Anze Kopitar after tonight's difficult loss pic.twitter.com/EudgnElFVI
— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 17, 2019
Goaltender Jonathon Quick is on the injury report and listed as questionable with some sort of illness. He’ll probably play and we’re going to treat this preview as if he is going to play, but I did think it was worth mentioning.
The Kings have a chance to avenge an earlier season loss to the Capitals. Los Angeles has a home record of 12-14-2 and are hoping to stop a four-game losing skid on Monday night.
Quick is scheduled to crouch between the pipes on Monday night. Quick has a record of 11-14-5 this season with 3.09 goals against average and 89 percent save percentage. Quick has two shutouts this season and a 58 percent shootout save percentage this season.
Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with 43 points on 17 goals and 26 assists for a +/- of minus four this season. Kopitar has one goal and two assists for a +/- minus eight over his last five games.
Over their last five games, the Kings have been outscored 20-15 but have outshot their opponents 164-147. Los Angeles has scored three power play goals on 16 opportunities for an 18.6 percent success rate and allowed three shorthanded goals on 13 tries for a 76.9 percent success rate over their last five games.
- Kings are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
- Kings are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Pacific.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a decent price for a Washington side that is playing fairly well and also on the second game of a road back-to-back. The Kings are a bad hockey team that has trouble putting the puck in the net as well as keeping the puck out of their own net. Especially if Quick is out. Washington should clobber this team in their sleep and I am going with the Capitals on Monday night.
Prediction: Washington -132
Full-Game Total Pick
This should stay under the total whether Quick plays or not. The only difference? I think the game is a 3-1 Capitals win with Quick in the nets and a 4-1 loss if Campbell has to play in Quick’s place. Washington needs wins and beating up on the worst team in hockey is a very good way to get a win. I will play the under on Monday night.
Prediction: Under Six Goals