Uh-oh Washington, where’d that big lead go? The Capitals have lost four straight games and with the Penguins and Blue Jackets now nipping at their heels, they’ll have to pick it up as they return from their road trip to the Golden Coast. Next up for the Caps is the Central-leading Minnesota Wild, who are in a slump of their own, losers of four of their last six.
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- The Wild are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games on the road against the Capitals.
- The Capitals are 15-1 SU in their last 16 games at home.
- Braden Holtby is 22-6-1 at home this season with a 1.77 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.
Something that’s been close to a certainty this year has been the Capitals winning at home. They’re 27-6-1 at the Verizon Center and they’ve been as disciplined as you can ask for in the efforts, giving up an average of just 25.7 shots and 1.68 goals per game while scoring 3.44 for themselves. Washington is, however, coming off a loss to the Stars at home but the positive is that the Caps haven’t lost consecutive home games since February of last season.
The Wild’s miniature slide is nothing to worry about but it does mean you’re probably good to go ahead and back the Caps in D.C. tonight. Washington is 8-2 straight up at home against teams from the Western Conference this season and hasn’t lost five straight contests since 2014-15.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Washington Capitals were listed earlier today as -141 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds – Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.5.
Odds – Shark prediction models pick the Capitals to win this game 3.2-2.3. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Minnesota Wild vs Washington Capitals Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Minnesota Wild will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 43-18-6 this season, while the Capitals are 44-17-7. Minnesota is 34-25-8 on the totals; Washington is 30-24-14. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Minnesota injuries news.
The Wild – Capitals odds would favor the Capitals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Washington is rated No. 2 in the current Odds – Shark poll, while Minnesota is at No. 8.
Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals No. 5-ranked offense (3.21 goals per game) against a Minnesota Wild defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.43 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 21.36% rate while the Wild have a 83.91% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Wild were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Blackhawks. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -107 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.
Washington was a 5-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Ducks. They lost as -128 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.
- Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 17 of Minnesota’s last 25 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
- Minnesota is 15-4 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
- Washington is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games
- Washington is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Minnesota at Carolina, Thursday, March 16th
Washington home to Nashville, Thursday, March 16th