Can the St. Louis Blues Solidify Their Standings as They Take on the Washington Capitals?
The St. Louis Blues will head to the Capital One Arena on Tuesday evening to take on the Washington Capitals in a non-conference matchup. This will be the second and final game against one another as St. Louis picked up a 5-1 home win back on January 7. The Blues are second in the Central Division (34-17-9, 77 points) while the Capitals are fourth in the Metropolitan Division (34-18-10, 78 points) this season.
These two teams have a lot to play for this matchup so let’s take a closer look into both teams to determine where we should be betting here.
Can the Veteran Wing Play of the Washington Capitals be the Difference Here?
St. Louis has been doing extremely well on the offensive side of things as they are averaging 3.52 goals on 30.6 shot attempts this season. Center Jordan Kyrou has been doing decently well as he is tied for 33rd in the sport in points and tied for 30th in the NHL in assists as he has recorded 59 points (22 goals, 37 assists) while adding six points in his previous four games.
Goalie Jordan Binnington needs to step up as he has a 13-12-4 record with a .903 save percentage and 3.11 goals allowed per game. The Blues are giving up 2.75 goals on 31.7 shots this season as a team defensively.
Veteran left winger Alex Ovechkin has been doing well as he is tied for fourth in the sport goals and seventh in points as he has posted 74 points (38 goals, 36 assists) while scoring six points in his last five games. The Washington Capitals are scoring the puck extremely well as they are scoring 3.31 goals on 31.3 shots so far. Washington, as a team, is allowing 2.77 goals on 29.4 shot attempts this season. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov is struggling a bit despite his record as he is 17-9-4 with 2.96 goals allowed per game with a .901 save percentage.
St. Louis Blues at Washington Capitals Betting Prediction
These two teams are very evenly matched up and is going to be difficult to expect anything but a one-goal difference in this upcoming matchup. Both teams are scoring incredibly well as of late as St. Louis is averaging 4.5 goals in their previous four games while Washington is scoring 4.6 goals in their last five games. The Blues are currently 34-26 against the spread while the Capitals are sitting at 33-29 against the spread, so both franchises are doing well in that department. All in all, go with the St. Louis Blues to keep this game close and cover the puck line.
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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.