The Seattle Kraken (17-14-9) travel to face off against the Washington Capitals (19-13-6) on Thursday, January 11th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena in Washington and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Seattle Kraken vs Washington Capitals
The Seattle Kraken Are Coming Off A Win
Seattle has been on a roll lately, winning seven straight games to improve their overall record to 17-14-9. They have been especially hot on the road, going 8-6-6 away from home this season and winning four straight road games.
In the Western Conference, the Kraken are currently in 9th place, five spots out of a playoff spot. Against other Western Conference teams, they have gone 9-15 this year.
Seattle enters the game with a puck line record of 23-17, including a mark of 13-7 on the road. Their average scoring margin is -.2 goals per game, and they have won three straight games vs. the puck line.
So far this year, the Kraken have won 19 of their 28 games as an underdog vs. the puck line. In their last 10 games, they have a puck line mark of 8-2, and their average scoring differential on the road is -.4 goals per game.
The Kraken are coming off a 5-2 road win over the Sabres. Scoring-wise, the Kraken put up two goals during the first period and three times in the second period. Of Seattle’s five goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 26 shots on goal and three giveaways.
Despite being the underdog, Seattle managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
The Washington Capitals Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Capitals have gone 10-6-4 and have been the underdog in 26 of their 38 games. In the Metropolitan Division, Washington is 6th and 10th in the Eastern Conference. Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone 4-6, and they are 2-3 in their last five games and 1-2 in their last three.
So far this year, the Capitals have gone 19-13-6, and in the Eastern Conference, they have gone 11-12. For the year, Washington has 44 points, and they have been the underdog in 26 of their 38 games. On the year, the Capitals have gone 10-12-4 as the underdog.
Washington is 16-22 against the puck line this year and 14-12 as the underdog. They have gone 12-26 vs. the puck line as the underdog, and their average scoring margin is at -1.2 goals per game.
So far, the Capitals have 12 wins by multiple goals compared to 7 losses by multiple goals. In their last ten home games, Washington has gone just 4-6 against the puck line.
In their last game, the Capitals were the hosts against the Kings, and they came away with a 4-3 win. The first period saw the Capitals being held without a goal, but they turned things around offensively by scoring two times in the second period and two goals in the third. In the game, Washington managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 34 shots on goal and committed 17 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, Washington came away with a victory against the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 5.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
Seattle Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Kraken are scoring an 2.8 goals per game this season, ranking 26th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 24th in the league. So far this year, the Kraken are 7-6 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 9-8 in games with fewer shots on goal.
So far, the Kraken have an over/under record of 17-20-3. Coming into the game, they have played 21 games that went beyond the 5.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 5.7 goals per game.
Washington Offense Breakdown
The Capitals come into the game scoring an average of 2.4 goals per game, putting them 31st in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 30th in the league. So far this year, the Capitals are 5-3 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 14-10 in games with fewer shots on goal.
This season, the Capitals’ have an over/under record of 15-22-1. Throughout the season, they have played 21 games that did not exceed the 5.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.6 goals per game.
Seattle Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Kraken head into the game ranked 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against Seattle. So far, they are 11th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Washington Team Defense
Defensively, the Capitals are currently 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.2 shots per game against Washington. They also are 23rd in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Kraken vs Capitals Trends
- Seattle has played well in their previous three road games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 1. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Washington has an puck line record of 2-3 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Washington has an puck line mark of 5-5 while going 3-7 straight up.
- Through their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Kraken have a good straight up record, but their puck line mark is just 1-2.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Capitals to pick up on a win over the Kraken at home. With the moneyline sitting at -106, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Capitals straight-up.
Our projections have the Capitals pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Capitals, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 5.5 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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