Looking to win big? The Capitals and Avalanche face off at 9:30 ET on ESPN+. The Avalanche are hosting the game at Ball Arena in Denver, CO. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Avalanche as the -1.5 favorite, with the over/under line sitting at 6 goals.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS VS COLORADO AVALANCHE BETTING PICK
The Pick: Colorado Avalanche -1.5
This game will be played at Ball Arena at 9:30 ET on Wednesday, January 24th.
WHY BET THE COLORADO AVALANCHE:
- In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Capitals winning this one 4-3.
- We like the Capitals on the moneyline (+202)
- The Capitals are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Are the Capitals Ready for a Road Win?
On the road, the Capitals have gone 9-10-2 this season and have lost three straight games away from home. In the Eastern Conference, Washington is in 11th place and has a record of 12-13 against teams from the East. In the Metropolitan Division, the Capitals are in 6th place and have gone 11-8 in divisional games.
Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone 4-6 and have lost two straight games. As the underdog, Washington has gone 11-16-4 this season and has dropped three straight games when not favored. For the season, the Capitals have gone 22-17-6 and have 50 points.
Washington enters the game with a puck line record of 20-25 this season and they have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line in their last ten games. So far, the Capitals have been the underdog in 31 of their games and their average scoring differential when in that role is at -1.3 goals per game.
So far, the Capitals have lost 15 games by multiple goals, and they have gone 9-12 vs. the puck line on the road. In their last ten road games, Washington has a puck line record of 4-6 and their average scoring margin away from home is at -0.9 goals per game.
On average, Washington’s games have finished with 5.4 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.1. In total, the Capitals come in with an over/under record of 17-27-1.
In their last three games away from home, the Capitals have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 1 goals per game in these contests.
The Capitals come into the game scoring an average of 2.4 goals per game, putting them 30th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 29th in the league. The Washington offense is ranked 32nd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 31st in the NHL.
Washington will be looking for a good game from Dylan Strome who leads the team in scoring with 16 goals, ranking 56th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 12 assists so far.
The Avalanche defense is currently 22nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.1 shots per game against Colorado. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 18th with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Charlie Lindgren gets the start and has made 18 starts this season. His record at this point is 9-5, and his save percentage is 0.65%.
Will Colorado Find a Way to Win at Home?
At home this season, the Avalanche have been dominant, going 18-5-0 and winning two straight games. In the Western Conference, Colorado is in 3rd place with a 30-14-3 record. Over their last ten games, the Avalanche have gone 7-3, and they have won three of their last five.
Against other teams in the Western Conference, the Avalanche have gone 19-11 this season. When playing as the favorite, Colorado has gone 27-11-3, and they have won two straight games when favored. Overall, the Avalanche have 63 points, which has them in 2nd place in the Central Division.
Colorado enters the game with a puck line record of 23-24 and their average scoring margin is +.6 goals per game. The Avalanche have 22 wins by multiple goals compared to just eight wins by one goal.
So far this season, Colorado has been favored in 41 games and their puck line mark as the favorite is 20-21. Their average scoring differential when favored is +0.8 goals per game. In their last ten home games, the Avalanche have gone 6-4 against the puck line.
For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Colorado is 7. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Avalanche come in with an over/under record of 28-17-2.
When looking at their past three road matchups, Washington has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 1 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.
On offense, the Avalanche are averaging 3.8 goals per game which is 2nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 5th in the league. This season, the Avalanche have a 18-9 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 10-5 record.
The leading scorer for Colorado’s offense is Nathan MacKinnon. Coming into the game he has 26 goals, ranking 9th in the NHL. MacKinnon also comes into the game with 51 assists.
Colorado defense takes on the Capitals ranked 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.1 shots per game against Colorado. They also are 18th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Washington, goalie Alexandar Georgiev has started 38 games in this season. His current record is 25-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.99%.