Planning on watching today’s Kings and Capitals game? Catch the action at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, as the Capitals hosts this showdown at 3:00 ET on NHLN. The Kings are the favored team in this non-conference contest against the Capitals. The game’s over/under currently sits at 5.5 goals.
LOS ANGELES KINGS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Capitals +1.5
This game will be played at Capital One Arena at 3:00 ET on Sunday, January 7th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS:
- In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Capitals winning this one 4-3.
- We like the Capitals on the moneyline (+135)
- The Capitals are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can The Kings Secure a Road Victory?
This season, the Kings have a mark of 20-10-6. When going on the road, Los Angeles has a record of 13-2-1 record, while they are 7-7-5 at their home arena. They are currently positioned 3rd in the Western Pacific division and 6th in the Western conference.
Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Los Angeles has a 18-17 record. On the road they are 10-6 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is8-11. The average goal total for Los Angeles’ games is sitting at 5.9. The average over/under line for the season is 6.2. The Kings come in with an over/under record of 13-21-1.
When looking at their past three road matchups, Los Angeles has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
In terms of their offensive performance, the Kings are averaging 3.4 goals per game this season, putting them in the 20th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 14th in the league. So far this year, the Kings are 14-7 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 5-1 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The leading scorer for Los Angeles’ offense is Trevor Moore. Coming into the game he has 17 goals, ranking 26th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Moore has 9 assists this season.
The Capitals defense is currently 20th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31 shots per game against Washington. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 20th with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Cam Talbot gets the start and has made 24 starts this season. His record at this point is 14-8, and his save percentage is 0.8823529411764706%.
Can the Capitals Please their Home Crowd?
Coming into their game vs. Kings, the Capitals have a 18-13-6 record. They hold a 9-6-4 record when playing at home, and they have gone 9-7-2 on the road. At the moment, they hold the 6th spot in the Eastern Metropolitan division and are ranked 10th in the Eastern conference.
When it came to the puck line, Washington heads in with a 15-22 record. On the road, their mark is 8-10 and their overall home performance is 7-12 vs. the puck line. Games involving Washington have an average of 5.5 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.1. In terms of their over/under performance, the Capitals come in with a record of 14-22-1.
In their last three games at home, the Capitals have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
For their offensive performance, the Capitals come in averaging 2.4 goals per game this season, which is 31st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 30th in the league. Looking at how the Capitals’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 30th in power play goals and 30th in shorthanded goals.
The leading scorer for Washington’s offense is Dylan Strome. Coming into the game he has 14 goals, ranking 54th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 9 assists so far.
Defensively, the Capitals come into the season ranked 20th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31 shots per game against Washington. For the season, they are ranked 20th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Darcy Kuemper gets the start and has made 19 starts this season. His record at this point is 9-9, and his save percentage is 0.7254901960784313%.