Capitals vs Avalanche Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/13/2020
Game: Washington Capitals vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (+113) Avalanche (-125)
Ilya Samsonov and the Washington Capitals (36-15-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) go to Pepsi Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Colorado Avalanche (33-16-6, 2nd in the Central Division). The Capitals open this game at +113 while the Avalanche are priced at -125. The total has been set at 6.5. The Capitals are covering 62.3% of the time, having gone 33-20 SU. The Avalanche are covering 60.0% of the time, going 33-22 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this matchup with a record of 36 wins and 15 defeats, which is good for 1st in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 199 goals which has them sitting at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +29, which is good for 4th in the league. The Capitals currently have a total of 77 pts, which has them sitting at 3rd in the league and 3rd in the East. In terms of shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,789 which has them sitting at 9th in the Eastern Conference and 16th in the league. As a unit, Washington has collected a total of 1,277 hits which means they have an average of 22.8 per contest. They currently have a total of 601 blocks for this year. Looking after the goal for Washington is Ilya Samsonov from Magnitogorsk, Russian Federation. He is 22 years old and has totaled 1,236 minutes protecting the goal for the year. Samsonov is conceding an average of 2.38 goals against average which has him ranked 6th in the East and 9th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has given up 49 goals. He has a save percentage of .917 which has him ranked 9th in the East.
The Washington Capitals will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5 - 3 loss against the New York Islanders their last time out. The Capitals were neither impressive or disappointing offensively in this loss. In this game, they converted 3 out of the 29 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 3 power play chances and scored 1 goal out of those chances. Washington racked up a total of 9 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Capitals was 58 and the Corsi against was 43 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 57.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 while the Fenwick against sat at 34, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 52.1%. They took 28 face-off wins and lost 25 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 63.5% and they had a PDO of 90.2 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the New York Islanders tallied a total of 32 shots. They ended the game with 11 penalty minutes and they tallied 2 power play attempts.
The Avalanche are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 33 victories and 16 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are currently sitting 1st in the West and 3rd in the league with +47. They have a total of 200 goals for this season which has them sitting at 1st in the Western Conference. Colorado has a save % as a team of .913 which has them ranked 7th in the league, meaning chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 11.1% which puts them at 1st in the conference. In goal for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer who is having an ok year by allowing 2.64 goals per game and that has him ranked 7th among West goaltenders and 19th in the NHL. In the 1,957 mins he has been on the ice this season, he has surrendered 86 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .915, which has him sitting 11th among West goaltenders and 21st in the NHL.
The Colorado Avalanche squared up with the Ottawa Senators in an outing where the Avalanche ended up with the victory by a tally of 3 - 0. For this matchup, Colorado had a 50.5% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 51 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick rate came in at 53.7% by earning a Fenwick of 44 and the Senators finishing with a 38 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Colorado had and it tells us they had an average game overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 106.7 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 57.7%. The Avalanche scored 3 goals of the 36 shots on goal they pursued. They had 5 power play chances in this outing and were able to convert 1 out of those opportunities. As for the opposition, the Senators had 2 power play attempts but were not able to notch a goal. Colorado allowed 34 shots on goal and the Senators had a total of 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Washington (+113)
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