Washington Capitals at Nashville Predators Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/29/2014
Sunday, March 30, 8:00 PM on CSMA, FSTN
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
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The Washington Capitals haven't had too many offensive outbursts this season as they were known for in years past, but they got one in a 5-2 win against Nashville Predators the last time these two teams squared off. The Caps got out to an early lead and for once, were able to maintain it and add a few more later on in the game.
Troy Brouwer put Washington on the board first with his sixth of the season six minutes into the first period. Alex Ovechkin doubled the hosts lead with his 22nd of the season on a power-play goal assisted by Nicklas Backstrom. Defenseman Karl Alzner, who hadn't scored a home goal in his entire career, made it 3-0 Washington three minutes later. Roman Josi got one back for the Predators with less than 30 seconds left in the period.
Nate Schmidt got his first goal of the season three minutes into the third period to give the Caps a 4-1 lead. Eric Nystrom was able to answer for the Preds 23 seconds later, but Eric Fehr would seal the game for Washington with a goal later in the period.
Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski had two assists apiece in the game, while Caps goalie Braden Holtby saved 34 of the 36 shots he faced on the night. Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec ended up with 28 saves in the loss.
Washington is 14-22 straight up on the road this season
Washington is 17-17-1 against the over/under on the road this season
Nashville is 15-22 straight up at home this season
Nashville is 13-16-8 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
12/17/13 C Michael Latta Lower Body out indefinitely
03/26/14 D Jack Hillen Concussion questionable
03/25/14 C Mikhail Grabovski Ankle questionable
03/25/14 C Nicklas Backstrom Upper Body questionable
03/16/14 C Brooks Laich Groin out for season
02/06/14 LW Aaron Volpatti Shoulder out indefinitely
03/27/14 RW Patrick Eaves Lower Body doubtful
03/24/14 D Seth Jones Concussion out indefinitely
03/21/14 C Paul Gaustad Upper Body out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville
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