The Washington Capitals (22-15-6) travel to face off against the St. Louis Blues (21-20-2) on Saturday, January 20th. This game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis and televised on ESPN+. The Capitals are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blues are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Capitals. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Capitals vs Blues
The Washington Capitals Are Coming Off A Win
Heading into tonight’s game, the Capitals are in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division and 9th in the Eastern Conference. They have a record of 22-15-6 on the season and have gone 5-5 in their last ten games. On the road, Washington is 9-8-2 this year.
As the underdog, the Capitals have been favored in just 14 of their 43 games. Their record as the underdog is 11-14-4, and they have won two straight games when not favored. Against other Eastern Conference teams, Washington is 12-13 this year.
On the road, the Capitals have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line in their last ten games, and their average scoring margin this year is -.5 goals per game. So far, Washington has gone 20-23 vs. the puck line, including a mark of 16-13 as the underdog.
Overall, the Capitals have 13 losses by more than one goal, and they have gone 4-1 vs. the puck line in their last five games. In their last ten road games, Washington has gone 5-5 vs. the puck line.
The Capitals played host to the Blues in their previous game and emerged with a 5-2 win. Against the Blues, Capitals’ offense was able to score in all three periods. Washington’s two power-play goals contributed to their total of 5 goals. Their offensive performance came with 26 shots on goal and seven giveaways.
Washington also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
The St. Louis Blues Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Heading into tonight’s game, the Blues are 12th in the Western Conference with a record of 21-20-2. In the Central Division, St. Louis is in 6th place and have lost their last two games. Over their last ten games, the Blues have gone 4-6.
At home this season, the Blues have a record of 13-8-1 and have been favored in 12 of their 43 games. As the favorite, St. Louis has gone 5-7-0 this year. Against other Western Conference teams, the Blues are 12-14.
St. Louis comes into the game with a puck line record of 23-20 and an average scoring margin of -.4 goals per game. So far, the Blues have 13 wins by multiple goals and have gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games.
When playing at home, St. Louis has a puck line record of 14-8 and an average scoring margin of +.1 goals per game. Overall, the Blues have gone 19-12 against the puck line as the underdog and have dropped their last two games vs. the puck line.
The Blues aim to bounce back following their 5-2 loss on the road to the Capitals. In the first period against the Capitals, the Blues scored one goal, in addition to scoring one time in the 3rd period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 20 shots on goal and had 4 turnovers.
As the underdog, St. Louis suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
Washington Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Capitals are averaging 2.4 goals per game which is 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 30th in the league. The Capitals went 7-4 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 15-11.
This season, the Capitals’ have an over/under record of 16-26-1. Throughout the season, they have played 25 games that did not exceed the 5.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.4 goals per game.
Blues Offense Breakdown
The Blues come into the game scoring an average of 2.8 goals per game, putting them 28th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 26th in the league. This season, the Blues have a 9-7 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 11-11 record.
The Blues come in with an over/under record of 16-22-5. Over the season, there have been 25 games that have surpassed the 5.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.1 goals per game.
Washington Team Defense
Defensively, the Capitals come into the season ranked 20th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.5 shots per game against Washington. For the season, they are ranked 12th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
St. Louis Team Defense
St. Louis defense takes on the Capitals ranked 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 31.9 shots per game against St. Louis. They also are 24th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Capitals vs Blues Trends
- Across the Capitals last ten road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 5-5, while going 4-6 straight-up.
- Across their last five home contests, St. Louis has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 2-3, while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, St. Louis has an puck line mark of 3-2 while going 2-3 straight up.
- Across their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Capitals have an overall record of 4-1 while going 2-3 against the spread.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Blues to pick up on a win over the Capitals at home. With the moneyline sitting at -118, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Blues straight-up.
If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Capitals to cover. Even in the event of a Blues victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Capitals should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 5.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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