Can the Dominant Minnesota Wild Pick Up a Road Win Against the Washington Capitals?
The Minnesota Wild will head to the Capital One Arena on Sunday evening to take on the Washington Capitals in a non-conference game. This will be the second and final regular-season game against one another as the Wild were able to pick up a 3-2 shootout home win back on January 8.
Minnesota is currently second in the Central Division (41-20-4, 86 points) so far, while Washington is fourth in the Metropolitan Division (37-21-10, 84 points) at this point of the year.
These teams are playing well this season, but there are some distinct differences right now. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Minnesota Wild and the Washington Capitals to figure out how to wager on this game.
Game Preview: Minnesota Wild at Washington Capitals, April 3
Left winger Kirill Kaprizov has been doing exceptionally well this season as he is tied for eighth in the league in goals, tied for 20th in the NHL in assists, and tied for seventh in all of hockey with points as he has posted 82 points (37 goals, 45 assists) while adding six points in his previous four games.
As a team, the Wild are scoring a remarkable 3.63 goals on 32.8 shot attempts thus far. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been struggling a bit this year as he is 21-21-5 with 2.88 goals allowed per game and a .909 save percentage. On the defensive side of things, Minnesota is giving up 3.06 goals on 31.8 shots right now.
Washington is doing well on the offensive side of things as they are averaging 3.24 goals on 31.3 shots up to this point. Veteran left winger Alex Ovechkin has been playing solid so far as he is fourth in the league in goals and 14th in the sport in points as he has recorded 78 points (42 goals, 36 assists) with an additional two points in his last three games.
The Capitals are doing decently well defensively as they are giving up 2.87 goals on 29.3 shot attempts as of this writing. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov has been struggling in the net this season as he is 19-9-4 with an .899 save percentage and 2.95 goals allowed per game.
Minnesota Wild at Washington Capitals Betting Prediction
This game is going to be close as the Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game in their previous five games while the Washington Capitals are scoring three goals in their last three games. The defense has been right there with one another, and with right winger T.J. Oshie listed as day-to-day, the Capitals should have the slight edge, despite the standings saying otherwise.
Washington is 34-34 against the spread this season, while Minnesota is 31-34 against the spread. All in all, go with the Washington Capitals to cover the puck line in their home arena so far.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.