Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Blues versus the Capitals? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. The over/under for this game is set at 5.5 goals, and the Capitals are the home favorites against the Blues in a non-conference matchup.

ST. LOUIS BLUES VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington Capitals -1.5

This game will be played at Capital One Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.

WHY BET THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Blues to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Blues on the moneyline (-105)
  • The Blues are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Does St. Louis Have A Chance at Capital One Arena?

On the year, St. Louis is 12th in the Western Conference with an overall record of 21-19-2. In the Central Division, they are 6th. So far, the Blues have gone 12-14 against other Western Conference teams.

Over their last ten games, St. Louis has gone 5-5. On the road, they have gone 8-11-1 this season. As the underdog, the Blues have gone 16-12-2 this year.

St. Louis enters this game with a puck line record of 23-19 on the season and 18 of their 30 games as the underdog have resulted in a loss by multiple goals. Through their first 20 road games, the Blues’ puck line record sits at 9-11.

Overall, the team’s average scoring margin is -.4 goals per game, and their average scoring margin on the road is -.8 goals per game. In their last 10 games away from home, the Blues have gone 4-6 against the puck line.

Games involving St. Louis have an average of 6.1 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.3. In terms of their over/under performance, the Blues come in with a record of 15-22-5.

When looking at their past three road matchups, St. Louis has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

For their offensive performance, the Blues come in averaging 2.8 goals per game this season, which is 28th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 26th in the league. The St. Louis offense is ranked 31st in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 4th in the NHL.

St. Louis will be looking for a good game from Robert Thomas who leads the team in scoring with 16 goals, ranking 49th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 28 assists so far.

Defensively, the Capitals come into the season ranked 18th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.8 shots per game against Washington. For the season, they are ranked 11th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Washington, goalie Jordan Binnington has started 28 games in this season. His current record is 14-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.951%.

Can Washington Pull Off a Home Win?

At home this season, the Capitals have gone 12-7-4, and they have won two straight games at home. In the Metropolitan Division, Washington is in 5th place with a record of 11-8. For the year, the Capitals have gone 21-15-6.

Against the Eastern Conference, Washington is in 10th place with a record of 12-13. Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone 4-6, and they have gone 3-2 over their last five games.

Washington comes into the game with a puck line record of 19-23. So far, the team has had eight wins by multiple goals and 13 wins by just one goal.

When playing at home, the Capitals have a puck line record of 10-13. Over their last ten games at home, the team’s puck line record is 5-5.

This season, Washington’s games have an average of 5.4 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.1. The Capitals come in with an over/under performance of 15-26-1.

When looking at their past three road matchups, St. Louis has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

On the offensive side, the Capitals are scoring an 2.3 goals per game this season, ranking 31st in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 30th in the league. So far this year, the Capitals are 6-4 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 15-11 in games with fewer shots on goal.

The leading scorer for Washington’s offense is Dylan Strome. Coming into the game he has 15 goals, ranking 58th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Strome has 11 assists this season.

Defensively, the Capitals are currently 18th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.8 shots per game against Washington. They also are 11th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Charlie Lindgren gets the start and has made 16 starts this season. His record at this point is 8-4, and his save percentage is 0.621%.