The Washington Capitals enter this game having lost two of their last three games and are on a two-game losing streak which includes Saturday’s 2-5 loss on the road against the Calgary Flames.
Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers enter this game having won two of their last three games and are coming off a 5-3 win at home against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
BookMaker has the Edmonton Oilers listed as -155 money line favorites at home against the Washington Capitals and has set the total for the over/under plays at 6.5 goals. Will the Capitals snap their two-game losing streak or will the Oilers get the win at home? Let’s take a deeper look at how these teams are playing this year.
Washington Capitals Team Preview
The Washington Capitals enter this game with an overall record of 10-12-4 and 24 points which puts them in 6th place in the Metropolitan Division.
Offensively, Washington has scored a total of 71 goals this season for an average of 2.73 goals per game. The Capitals have a power-play success rate of 20.7% which is the 11th-worst rate in the league.
Defensively, the Capitals have allowed a total of 81 goals for an average of 3.12 goals per game this season. Washington has a penalty kill percentage of 80.5% which is tied for the 8th best percentage in the NHL. The projected goalie for the Capitals, Darcy Kuemper, is 8-9-2 this season with a save percentage of .916 and is allowing an average of 2.56 goals per game.
Edmonton Oilers Team Preview
The Edmonton Oilers enter this game with an overall record of 14-11 and 28 points which puts them in 5th place in the Pacific Division.
Offensively, the Oilers have scored a total of 87 goals for an average of 3.48 goals per game this season. Edmonton has a power-play success rate of 29.3% which is the 3rd best rate in the NHL.
Defensively, Edmonton has allowed a total of 90 goals this season for an average of 3.6 goals per game. The Oilers have a penalty kill percentage of 70.4% which is the 5th worst percentage in the league. The projected goalie for Edmonton, Stuart Skinner, is 7-5 on the year with a .914 save percentage and is allowing an average of 2.91 goals per game.
Series Trends and Game Pick
Washington is 5-3-2 in the last ten games in the series, however, Edmonton has outscored Washington by an average of 3.1 to 2.9 goals per game in those matchups. The Oilers have won two of the last three games and have won by an average score of 4.33 to 3.67 in those contests.
The over is 5-4-1 in the last ten games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 6 goals per game in those contests. The over has hit in the last three games of the series with the teams combining for an average of 8 goals per game in those matchups.
Edmonton enters this game with the better record and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three games. The Oilers have won by an average margin of .2 goals per game over the last ten and .67 goals per game over the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the money line for the Edmonton Oilers at -155 for this matchup on BookMaker.