Washington Capitals vs Vegas Golden Knights Predictions, Hockey Picks 2/17/2020
Game: Washington Capitals vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Monday, February 17, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (+113) Golden Knights (-125)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (29-22-8, 3rd in the Pacific Division) host the Washington Capitals (37-15-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) at T-Mobile Arena on Monday, February 17, 2020. The line on this matchup has the Capitals coming in at +113 and the Golden Knights are at -125. The O/U is set at 6.5. The Capitals are covering 61.8% of the time, having gone 34-21 SU. Vegas is covering 47.4% of the time, going 27-30 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game holding a record of 37 wins and 15 losses, which is good for 1st in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 202 goals which has them ranked at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +30, which is good for 5th in the NHL. The Capitals have compiled a total of 79 points, which has them ranked at 3rd in the NHL and 3rd in the East. When it comes to shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 1,827 which has them ranked at 9th in the East and 16th in the NHL. As a unit, Washington has obtained a total of 1,303 hits which has them averaging 22.9 per contest. They have compiled a total of 616 blocks for this year. The man in net for Washington is Ilya Samsonov from Magnitogorsk, Russian Federation. He is 22 years old and has racked up 1,236 mins minding the goal this year. Samsonov is conceding 2.38 goals per contest which has him sitting 6th among Eastern Conference goalies and 10th in the NHL. During this season, he's surrendered 49 goals. His save percentage is .917 which has him sitting 8th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Washington Capitals were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche their last time out. The Capitals had a middle of the road offensive outing in this win. For this outing, they converted 3 of the 38 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 5 power play attempts and were able to score 2 goals out of those chances. Washington racked up a total of 8 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Capitals was 50 and the Corsi against was 45 giving them a Corsi percentage of 52.6%. Their Fenwick was 34 while the Fenwick against sat at 30, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 53.1%. They took 17 face-off wins and were beaten on 35 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 43.6% and they had a PDO of 100.1 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Colorado Avalanche earned a total of 34 shots. They had a total of 10 minutes in the box and they earned 4 power play chances.
The Golden Knights will be the team across the ice and for the current year they have 29 wins and 22 losses. When looking at goal differential, they rank 5th in the West and 16th in the NHL with +4. They currently have a total of 185 goals for the year which ranks them 3rd in the Western Conference. Vegas has a team save % of .898 which has them 24th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.1% ranking them 9th in the West. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal year by allowing 2.87 goals against average and that places him 16th among West goaltenders and 36th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,401 minutes he's been on the ice, he's surrendered 115 goals. He has a save percentage of .904, which ranks him 24th among West goaltenders and 46th in the NHL among goalies.
The Vegas Golden Knights faced the St. Louis Blues in an outing where the Golden Knights notched a victory by a tally of 6 - 5. For this outing, Vegas earned a 68.4% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 67 while the opposition had a Corsi of 31. Their Fenwick percentage was 67.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 51 and the Blues having a 25 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Vegas had and it was a good performance overall. Their PDO was 81.3 and they had an oZS percentage of 66.9%. The Golden Knights notched 6 goals of the 52 shots on goal they pursued. They had 5 power play opportunities in this one and scored 4 out of those attempts. Concerning the opposition, the Blues had 2 power play chances but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Vegas gave up 24 shots on goal and the Blues ended up with 12 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington (+113)
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