Planning on watching today’s Canucks and Capitals game? Catch the action at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, as the Capitals hosts this showdown at 1:30 ET on ESPN+. The Canucks are favored by -1.5 goals in this non-conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 6 goals.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington Capitals +1.5

This game will be played at Capital One Arena at 1:30 ET on Sunday, February 11th.

WHY BET THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS:

  • Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-2 win for the Capitals.
  • We like the Capitals on the moneyline (+134)
  • The Capitals are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can Vancouver Live Up to the Hype on the Road?

Through 52 games, the Canucks have a record of 34-12-6 and sit in first place in both the Western Conference and Pacific Division. On the road, Vancouver has gone 16-8-4, and they have been favored in 31 of their 52 games, going 21-7-3 in those contests. Over their last ten games, the Canucks have gone 6-4 and are 2-3 over their last five.

So far this season, Vancouver has gone 18-9 against Western Conference opponents and 9-4 against other teams in the Pacific Division. Over their last three games, the Canucks have gone 1-2.

On the road this season, the Canucks have gone 17-11 against the puck line, and they have a puck line record of 33-19 overall. So far this year, Vancouver has 23 wins by multiple goals and has gone 16-15 against the puck line when favored.

Overall, the team has an average scoring margin of +1.1 goals per game, and their average scoring differential on the road is +.6 goals per contest. In their last ten games, the Canucks have gone just 3-7 against the puck line, and their puck line record as the underdog is 17-4.

Games involving Vancouver have an average of 6.3 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.5. In terms of their over/under performance, the Canucks come in with a record of 30-19-3.

Across their three previous road games, Vancouver has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Canucks are averaging 3.7 goals per game this season, putting them in the 2nd spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 26th in the league. The Canucks went 15-5 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 18-7.

The leading scorer for Vancouver’s offense is Brock Boeser. Coming into the game he has 30 goals, ranking 8th in the NHL. Boeser also comes into the game with 24 assists.

The Capitals defense is currently 19th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Washington. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 8th with 4 shutouts.

Goalie Thatcher Demko gets the start and has made 37 starts this season. His record at this point is 27-9, and his save percentage is 0.971%.

Can the Washington Offense Score Enough at Home?

At home this season, the Capitals have gone 13-8-4 and are 11-2-2 when favored. In the Eastern Conference standings, Washington is in 12th place and has a record of 23-20-7. Against other teams from the East, the Capitals have gone 13-15.

Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone 3-7, and they have lost four of their last five games. As the underdog, Washington has a record of 12-18-5 this season.

Washington comes into the game with a puck line record of 22-28 this year, including going 11-14 at home. So far, the Capitals have 10 wins by multiple goals and 13 wins by just one goal. In their last ten games at home, the team has gone just 5-5 against the puck line.

Overall, the Capitals have an average scoring margin of -0.7 goals per game, and they have gone 18-17 against the puck line as the underdog. In their last five games, Washington has gone just 2-3 against the puck line.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Washington is 5.5. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6. The Capitals come in with an over/under record of 20-28-2.

Across their three previous road games, Vancouver has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.

Offensively, the Capitals come into the game at 2.4 goals per contest placing 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 29th position in the league. In terms of the Capitals’ offense during power plays, they are 31st in power play goals and 32nd in shorthanded goals.

Washington’s leading goal scorer is Dylan Strome. So far this season, he has 20 goals, placing him 40th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 14 assists so far.

Defensively, the Capitals are currently 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Washington. They also are 8th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Vancouver, goalie Darcy Kuemper has started 24 games in this season. His current record is 11-12, and his save percentage stands at 0.721%.