Seattle Kraken vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 3/5/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Seattle Kraken vs Washington Capitals
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Kraken (+198) Capitals (-245)
The Seattle Kraken (17-34-5) are en route to Capital One Arena on Saturday where they will attempt to defeat the Washington Capitals (29-18-9). The moneyline on this game has the Kraken at +198 and the Capitals are sitting at -245. The total comes in at 6.
The Seattle Kraken came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4-3 victory over the Predators in their last contest. Seattle amassed 2 penalty mins in this matchup. In addition, they had 1 chance with the advantage but weren't able to notch a goal. The Kraken had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this victory. In the outing, they converted 4 out of the 31 shots they put on goal.
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The Kraken have had 1,612 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .877. While at even strength, the Kraken have allowed the opponent to score 165 goals while having 120 themselves. Seattle Kraken opponents have earned 143 power play opportunities (29th in pro hockey) and have come away with 33 goals in those chances. For the year, they have tallied 39 points and their points percentage sits at .348. Seattle has taken 1,587 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 9.0%. When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Seattle Kraken have accumulated 143 goals (25th in the league) on the year and have surrendered 198. Seattle comes into the game with 152 power play chances and they have added 23 goals out of those tries, giving them a rate of 15.13%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Philipp Grubauer. The opposition has notched 577 goals versus Grubauer in his career and his goals against average is 2.47. Grubauer has been in goal for 255 games over the course of his professional hockey career. His save percentage sits at .915 during his 13,989 minutes in the crease. He has amassed a record of 121-84-26 and he has gotten the start in 227 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Grubauer has 123 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .542. Grubauer has seen 6,813 shots taken against him and has recorded 6,236 total saves.
In their last game, Washington played the Hurricanes in an outing where the Capitals notched a victory by a final of 4-0. They had 6 power play attempts in this game and tallied 2 goals out of those opportunities. The Capitals recorded 4 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they tried.
Washington has put up 1,755 shots (13th in the league) and has earned a shooting percentage of 10.14%, while allowing the opposition 1,618 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 80.52% on their opponents 154 chances on the power play, and their save percentage is 90.5%. They have earned 171 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 16.96%. The Capitals have 149 goals at even strength and 29 goals (19th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 154 goals to be scored by of a combination of 124 goals at even strength and 30 goals while they had less men on the ice. So far this season, the Washington Capitals have earned a total of 178 goals, 67 points, as well as a points percentage of .598.
Across the rink you will find Vitek Vanecek in the crease. His opposition is averaging 2.52 goals per game and he has relinquished 148 goals altogether. Vanecek's rate of quality starts comes in at 48.3% and he has 29 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has started in 60 games and has played 3,520 minutes. Vanecek holds a lifetime mark of 32-17-9 and has played in 63 games. He has accrued 1,546 saves out of the 1,694 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .913.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Seattle (+198)
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