Betting on today’s Capitals and Canucks game? Catch the action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, as the Canucks hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 6 goals, and the Canucks are favored by -1.5 against the Capitals.


The Pick: Vancouver Canucks -1.5

This game will be played at Rogers Arena at 10:00 ET on Saturday, March 16th.


  • Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Capitals.
  • We like the Capitals on the moneyline (+188)
  • The Capitals are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Capitals Defense Show Up on the Road?

On the season, the Capitals are 31-25-9 and sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Against other Eastern Conference teams, Washington has gone 19-17 and are 14-8 against teams in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone 5-5.

When playing on the road, the Capitals have gone 14-15-4 this season. As the underdog, Washington has gone 18-22-7 this season and has been the underdog in 47 of their 65 games this year. Over their last three games, the Capitals have gone 1-2.

Washington comes into this game with a puck line record of 31-34 for the season and 16-18 on the road. So far, the Capitals have 16 wins by multiple goals compared to 15 by just one goal.

Over their last ten road games, the Capitals have gone 5-5 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road this season is -.8 goals per game. In their last three road games, Washington has gone 1-2 against the puck line.

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 29-33-3.

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 1-2 overall in these games.

On offense, the Capitals are averaging 2.6 goals per game which is 29th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 31st in the league. Washington’s offense comes into the game ranked 24th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 32nd in the NHL.

Washington’s current leading scorer is Dylan Strome. This season, he has 22 goals, which puts him 58th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 29 assists so far.

Vancouver defense takes on the Capitals ranked 16th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.2 shots per game against Vancouver. They also are 5th in shutouts, with 6 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Vancouver, goalie Charlie Lindgren has started 33 games in this season. His current record is 16-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.734%.

Will the Canucks Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

As the top team in the Western Conference, the Canucks have a record of 42-18-8 and have won four of their last five games. At home, Vancouver is 21-6-4 and has been favored in 44 of their 68 games this year.

Overall, the Canucks have been favored in 65% of their games and have gone 28-11-5 as the favorite. Against the Western Conference, Vancouver is 23-15 and 12-6 against Pacific Division opponents.

At home this season, the Canucks have gone 18-13 vs. the puck line and their overall puck line record is 37-30. So far, Vancouver has 27 wins by multiple goals and their average scoring margin is +.8 goals per game.

Against the puck line at home, the Canucks have gone just 3-7 in their last ten games and their average scoring differential at home is +1.3 goals per game. In their last ten games, Vancouver’s puck line record is just 2-8.

For the season, Vancouver’s games have finished with an average of 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.4. Overall, the Canucks have an over/under record of 36-27-4.

In their last three games away from home, the Capitals have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 1 goals per game in this stretch.

On offense, the Canucks are averaging 3.5 goals per game which is 3rd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 24th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Canucks offense is 11th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 18th in the NHL.

Vancouver’s leading goal scorer is Brock Boeser. So far this season, he has 35 goals, placing him 11th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 30 assists so far.

Defensively, the Canucks come into the season ranked 16th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.2 shots per game against Vancouver. For the season, they are ranked 5th in shutouts, coming in with 6 shutouts.

Goalie Casey DeSmith comes into the game having made 18 starts this season. So far, his record is 8-4 and he has a save percentage of 0.468%.