Washington Capitals Travel to Edmonton to Take on the Oilers
The Washington Capitals will head to Rogers Place on Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oilers in a non-conference game. This is the second and final regular-season game against these two teams as Edmonton picked up a 5-3 road victory back on February 2.
The Capitals are entering this game fourth in the Metropolitan Division (30-18-9, 69 points) and are riding a two-game winning streak while the Oilers are fourth in the Pacific Division (30-22-4, 64 points) and are currently on a two-game losing streak.
Both teams are fighting for a potential playoff spot and this could be an interesting matchup to determine exactly where they are. Let’s dive into Washington and Edmonton to determine which franchise should be able to cover the spread.
Game Preview: Washington Capitals at Edmonton Oilers March 9th
The Washington Capitals are currently scoring 3.21 goals on 31.2 shots per game this season while the Edmonton Oilers are right there with 3.23 goals on 33.3 shot attempts per game. The Capitals are being led by left winger Alex Ovechkin has been dominating as he is eighth in the sport in points and four in goals as he has recorded 68 points (34 goals, 34 assists) and has scored five points in his previous three games.
Compare that to the Oilers’ center Leon Draisaitl, who is tied for the NHL lead in points and tied for second in hockey in goals as he has put up 79 points (38 goals, 41 assists) with five points in the previous three games he’s played in as well.
Washington’s goaltender Ilya Samsonov has been struggling this season as he is 17-9-3 with 2.93 goals and a 90.1 save percentage. Edmonton’s goalie Mikko Koskinen has been doing around the same as he is 19-8-3 with a 90.4 save percentage and giving up 3.05 goals per game thus far. As a team, the Capitals are giving up 2.74 goals on 28.9 shot attempts while the Oilers are allowing 3.21 goals on 31.8 shots.
Washington Capitals at Edmonton Oilers Betting Prediction
These teams both have extremely similar goalies so the difference is going to be on the offensive side of the ice here. Looking at the most recent games, the Capitals are scoring four goals in their previous three games while the Oilers are averaging 2.3 goals in their previous four games.
Washington is currently 29-28 against the spread while Edmonton is 25-31 against the spread this season. All in all, go with the Washington Capitals to go on the road and cover the puck line in this matchup.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.