Washington Capitals vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, 4/18/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Monday, April 18, 2022
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
TV: Altitude Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (+163) Avalanche (-200)
The Colorado Avalanche (55-14-6) will play the Washington Capitals (42-23-10) at Ball Arena on Monday. The odds on this game have Washington at +163 while Colorado is coming in at -200. The over/under has been set at 6.
The Washington Capitals were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 8-4 win over the Canadiens in their previous contest. The Capitals had a good offensive outing and it showed in this win. In the game, they scored on 8 of the 41 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 6 chances with extra men on the ice and scored 2 goals. Washington recorded 16 mins in the box for this matchup.
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The Capitals have had 2,188 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .899. While playing at even strength, the Capitals have surrendered 183 goals while notching 209 on offense. Washington Capitals opponents have earned 209 power play tries (22nd in the NHL) and have a total of 38 goals in those chances. For the season, they have 94 points and their points % is .627. Washington has tried 2,360 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.8%. When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Washington Capitals have accounted for 255 goals (8th in the National Hockey League) on the season and have surrendered 221. Washington has accounted for 231 power play chances and they have added 46 goals out of those chances, earning them a percentage of 19.91%.
The player in the crease for this game is Vitek Vanecek. Over the course of his career, Vanecek has accounted for 35 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .486. His save percentage currently is at .908 in his 4,248 minutes between the pipes. Vanecek has seen 2,073 shots against him and has recorded 1,883 saves. The opposition has racked up 190 goals versus Vanecek in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.68. He has accumulated a record of 40-21-9 and he has started in 72 games. Vanecek has been involved in 76 contests over the course of his pro hockey career.
In their last game, Colorado faced the Hurricanes in a game where the Avalanche earned a win by a final score of 7-4. The Avalanche scored 7 goals of the 37 shots on goal they took. They had 5 attempts on the power play in this one and scored 2 goals out of those tries.
Colorado has attempted 2,645 shots (6th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.96%, while allowing the other team 2,407 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 79.17% on their opponents 216 tries on the power play, and their save percentage currently comes in at 91.5%. They have a total of 253 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 26.09%. The Avalanche have 224 goals at even strength and 66 goals (1st in the NHL) while on the power play. They have permitted 205 goals to be scored by of a combination of 160 goals at even strength and 45 goals while they had less men on the ice. So far this year, the Colorado Avalanche have accumulated 290 goals, 116 points, and a points percentage of .773.
Across the ice you will find Darcy Kuemper in the crease. He has accounted for 7,639 saves out of the 8,318 shots tried, giving him a save % of .918. Kuemper has amassed a career mark of 142-92-35 and has participated in 294 contests. He has started in 277 games and has accumulated 16,558 mins. Kuemper's quality start rate comes out to 57.0% and he has 158 quality starts in his pro hockey career. Opponents are averaging 2.46 goals per game and he has relinquished 679 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington (+163)
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