That Colorado Avalanche (9-5-1) and Washington Capitals (7-9-1) meet Saturday at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC Puck Drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below we analyze the lines of Tipico Sportsbook around the Avalanche vs Capitals Oddsand meet our expert NHL tips and predictions.
The Avalanche started a 3-game swing on the East Coast on Thursday in Carolina with a 3-2 win in overtime. Colorado has now won a total of 5 of their last 6 games, beating their opponents 25-13 during the 6 game stretch.
The Capitals were defeated 5-4 in a shootout Thursday in St. Louis to end a 3-game road trip 0-2-1. The team’s most recent win was on Nov. 11 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at COA. They were 3-0 down early in the game and fought back to take a point.
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Avalanche in Capital’s odds
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- Money Line (ML): Avalanche -135 (bet $135 to win $100) | Capitals +115 (bet $100 to win $115)
- Puck Line (PL)/Against the Spread (ATS): Avalanche -1.5 (+155) | Uppercase +1.5 (-210)
- Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (T: +105 | B: -125)
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Avalanche at Capitals projected goalies
Alexander Georgiev (7-2-1, 2.70 GAA, 0.924 SV%) vs. Darcy Kumper (5-8-1, 2.73 GAA, 0.911 SV%, 1 SO)
Georgiev allowed 3 goals on 39 shots in a home loss to Blues Monday and went on a 3-game winning streak. He has conceded 3 or fewer goals in each of his starts on Nov. 4 and went 3-1-0 over the month with 2.52 GAA and .931 SV%.
Kuemper will crack his old team but he’s been struggling lately. He’s lost 5 of his 6 starts in November, going 1-5-0 with 3.26 GAA and .892 SV% while conceding 4 goals in each of his last 2 starts.
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Avalanche at Capitals tips and predictions
Avalanche 4, Capitals 3
That AVALANCHE (-135) have played much better hockey lately, including an impressive OT win over the Hurricanes to open the road trip.
The Capitals (+115) have had a difficult time lately, especially on defense and are riddled with injuries. Washington have conceded 4 or more goals in 5 of their last 6 games and have averaged 4.2 goals per game (GPG) in that horrific span of time.
Puck Line/Against the Scatter
The Capitals +1.5 (-210) will cost you more than twice your potential return if you want to put them on the puck line for a little insurance. That’s just too expensive and certainly no guarantee.
OVER 6.5 (+105) It’s worth playing easily here.
Again, Washington have conceded 4 or more goals in 5 of their last 6 games, including a total of 16 goals in their last 3 games. The Caps have the offense to compete and the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall for Washington. This should be a higher scoring affair.
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