The Washington Capitals enter this game having won three of their last five games, but are coming off a 3-4 overtime loss on the road against the Edmonton Oilers which ended their three-game winning streak.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canucks enter this game having won four of their last five games and are on a three-game winning streak that includes Wednesday’s 5-3 win at home against the Montreal Canadiens.

BookMaker has the Vancouver Canucks listed as -113 money line favorites at home against the Washington Capitals and has set the total for the over/under plays at 6 goals. Will the Canucks extend their winning streak to four games or will the Capitals get the win on the road? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these two teams have fared this season.

Washington: Looking to Bounce Back Following Overtime Loss

The Washington Capitals enter this game with 72 points and a record of 31-18-10 which puts them in 8th place in the Eastern Conference. Washington is 17-7-5 on the road this season.

The Capitals have scored a total of 191 goals this season for an average of 3.24 goals per game which ranks 9th in the NHL. They have a power-play success rate of 17.8% which is tied for the 8th worst rate in the league. Alex Ovechkin leads the team in points and goals with 70 points and 36 goals. Evgeny Kuznetsov leads the team in assists with 38.

Washington has allowed a total of 164 goals this season for an average of 2.78 goals per game. They have a penalty kill percentage of 80.9% which ranks 12th in the NHL. The projected goalie for the Capitals, Vitek Vanecek, is 13-7-5 on the season with a .919 save percentage and is allowing an average of 2.32 goals per game.

Vancouver: Looking for 4th Win in a Row

The Vancouver Canucks enter this game with 64 points and a record of 29-23-6 which gives them the 10th best record in the Western Conference. The Canucks are 13-10-3 at home this season.

Vancouver has scored a total of 166 goals this season for an average of 2.86 goals per game which is the 10th fewest in the NHL this season. They have a power-play success rate of 21.5% which ranks 15th in the league. J.T. Miller leads the team in points, goals, and assists with 67 points, 23 goals, and 44 assists.

The Canucks have allowed a total of 165 goals this season for an average of 2.84 goals per game. Vancouver has a penalty kill percentage of 70.9% which is the worst percentage in the NHL. The projected goalie for the Canucks, Thatcher Demko, is 26-16-2 on the season with a .917 save percentage and is allowing an average of 2.64 goals per game.

Washington is 7-2-1 in the last ten games of the series, winning by an average score of 3.4 to 2.5 in those matchups. The Canucks are 2-0-1 in the last three games of the series and have won by an average score of 3.67 to 3 in those contests.

The over is 5-4-1 in the last ten games of the series with the teams combining for an average of 5.9 goals per game in those contests. The over has also hit in two of the last three games with the teams combining for an average of 6.67 goals per game in those matchups.

Washington has been the better team this season and in the series going 7-2-1 in the last ten games of the series. The Capitals have also won four of their last six games against opponents from the Western Conference. I look for Washington to come away with the win in this spot. As a result, I am taking the Capitals money line of -103 on BookMaker for this contest on Friday night.

NHL Free Pick: Washington Capitals -103

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