Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Capitals versus the Flames? The puck drops at 8:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Flames as the -1.5 favorite, with the over/under line sitting at 6 goals.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS VS CALGARY FLAMES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Calgary Flames -1.5

This game will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome at 8:30 ET on Monday, March 18th.

WHY BET THE CALGARY FLAMES:

  • In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Capitals winning this one 4-3.
  • We like the Capitals on the moneyline (+113)
  • The Capitals are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Are Washington Ready for a Road Win?

On the year, the Capitals have gone 32-25-9, which has them in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division and 9th in the Eastern Conference. In their last 10 games, Washington is 6-4 and they have won two straight games.

As the road team, the Capitals have gone 15-15-4 and they are 19-22-7 as the underdog. In the Eastern Conference, Washington has gone 19-17.

Washington has gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games, and they have gone 16-18 on the road this year vs. the puck line. So far, the Capitals have gone 32-34 against the puck line, and they have 16 wins by multiple goals.

As the underdog, Washington has gone 27-21 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road is -.8 goals per game. The Capitals have gone 2-1 against the puck line in their last three games and 3-2 in their last five.

This season, Washington’s games have an average of 5.8 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6. The Capitals come in with an over/under performance of 29-34-3.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Washington 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 2.6 goals per game this season, ranking 29th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 31st in the league. So far this year, the Capitals are 10-6 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 22-19 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Washington’s leading scorer is Dylan Strome. So far, he has 22 goals which is 66th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 29 assists so far.

Defensively, the Flames are currently 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.1 shots per game against Calgary. They also are 25th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Calgary, goalie Charlie Lindgren has started 34 games in this season. His current record is 17-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.745%.

Will the Calgary Defense Show Up at Home?

Calgary comes into this game with a record of 33-29-5, which puts them in 5th place in the Pacific Division and 11th in the Western Conference. At home, the Flames are 18-15-1 this season and have won their last two games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. In their last ten games, Calgary has gone 6-4 and have won two straight.

So far this year, the Flames have been favored in 30 of their 67 games and are 15-13-2 in those games. Within the Western Conference, Calgary has gone 19-18 and have a record of 9-8 against Pacific Division opponents. Over their last three games, the Flames have gone 2-1.

Calgary enters this game with a puck line record of 34-33 and an average scoring margin of -.1 goals per game. Overall, they have 22 wins by multiple goals and 21 losses by more than one goal.

So far this year, the Flames have been favored in 30 games and have a puck line record of 9-21 in those games. In their last ten games at home, their puck line record is 5-5 and their average scoring margin is -.1 goals per game.

For the season, Calgary’s games have finished with an average of 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.1. Overall, the Flames have an over/under record of 39-26-2.

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

Offensively, the Flames come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 15th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 15th position in the league. This season, the Flames are 17-15 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 15-14 record.

Calgary will be looking for a good game from Blake Coleman who leads the team in scoring with 28 goals, ranking 28th in the NHL. Coleman also comes into the game with 23 assists.

Calgary defense takes on the Capitals ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.1 shots per game against Calgary. They also are 25th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Jacob Markstrom has started 41 games this season. His current record stands at 22-17, and his save percentage is 0.873%.