The Capitals and Wild are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Wild will host the game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 5.5 goals, with the Wild being the favored team playing at home against the Capitals.


The Pick: Minnesota Wild -1.5

This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, January 23rd.


  • With the Wild being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Wild.
  • Take the Wild on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Capitals (+1.5)

Will the Capitals Find a Way to Win on the Road?

With a record of 22-16-6, the Capitals sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and 6th place in the Metropolitan Division. On the road, Washington has gone 9-9-2 this season and have dropped two straight games away from home. As the underdog, the Capitals have gone 11-15-4 this season.

Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone 5-5, and they have won two straight games when favored. In the Eastern Conference, Washington has gone 12-13 this season.

Washington comes into the game with a puck line record of 20-24 this year. So far, the Capitals have had 13 losses by just one goal compared to nine wins by multiple goals. Their average scoring differential this season is -.5 goals per game.

As the underdog, Washington’s puck line record is 16-14, and they have gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games. On the road, the Capitals have a puck line record of 9-11, and their average scoring differential away from home is -.8 goals per game.

The average goal total for Washington’s games is sitting at 5.4. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Capitals come in with an over/under record of 16-27-1.

Washington has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 1 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

When looking at their offense, the Capitals have an average of 2.3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 32nd in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Capitals offense is 32nd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 31st in the NHL.

Washington’s leading scorer is Dylan Strome. So far, he has 16 goals which is 55th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 12 assists so far.

Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 15th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.5 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 12th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Darcy Kuemper has started 22 games this season. His current record stands at 11-10, and his save percentage is 0.709%.

Does Minnesota Stand a Chance at Home?

At home this season, the Wild have gone 11-9-3 and have been favored in 19 of their 46 games. In the Western Conference, Minnesota is in 13th place and is 8-11 against other teams in the conference. Over their last ten games, the Wild have gone 4-6 and have won two straight games as the underdog.

Overall, Minnesota has a record of 20-21-5 and is in 7th place in the Central Division. Against other teams in the Central, the Wild have gone 3-7. In the last five games, Minnesota has gone 3-2 and is 13-4-2 this season when favored.

Minnesota comes into this game with a puck line record of 24-22 and an average scoring margin of -0.4 goals per game. So far, the team has won 13 games by multiple goals compared to 11 games by just one goal.

At home, the Wild’s puck line record is 11-12 this season, and their average scoring margin is -.3 goals per game. In their last ten home games, the team has gone just 5-5 against the puck line.

On average, Minnesota’s games have finished with 6.5 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.2. In total, the Wild come in with an over/under record of 23-19-4.

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

Offensively, the Wild come into the game at 3 goals per contest placing 20th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 20th position in the league. Looking at how the Wild’s offense is performing during power plays, they are 14th in power play goals and 23rd in shorthanded goals.

Minnesota’s leading goal scorer is Joel Eriksson Ek. So far this season, he has 19 goals, placing him 35th in the NHL. Eriksson Ek also comes into the game with 17 assists.

In terms of defense, the Wild head into the game ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.5 shots per game against Minnesota. So far, they are 12th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Washington, goalie Filip Gustavsson has started 25 games in this season. His current record is 12-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.796%.