Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals Live The Pacific Division meets the Metro Division this evening as the Vancouver Canucks pay a visit to the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. to grapple with the Washington Capitals. The Canucks enter this game off a 5-2 loss to the Canadiens on the road, while the Capitals check in off a 4-3 home win over the Blues in OT. Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Canucks will be Jacob Markstrom and he will be opposed by Braden Holtby.
Canucks Get Routed In Montreal
The Montreal Canadiens have really been struggling, but still, Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals able to knock off a Vancouver team that has been struggling even more of late. The Canadiens had really been struggling on offense, but they put up five on the Canucks in their 5-2 win on Sunday. The Canucks have not been that good on offense all year, but they have struggled at the other end of the ice even more of late as they have now allowed 4.33 gpg in going just 1-8 in their last nine games. They don’t nearly have enough offense in them to overcome goaltending like that. Scoring in the loss to the Habs was Daniel Sedin, which was his 10th of the year and Michael Del Zotto, which was his 2nd of the year. The Canucks have gone 9-11 on the road and have averaged 2.85 gpg and have allowed 3.10 gpg in those games. Taking the loss against the Canadiens was Anders Nilsson, who allowed four goals on 44 shot attempts to fall to 6-8 with a 3.57 GAA and a .901 save percentage on the year overall. He has lost five starts in a row and has allowed 24 goals in those games. Jacob Markstrom should be back in the crease for this one and he has gone 10-18 with a 2.76 GAA and a .907 save percentage on the year overall, including 4-7 with a 2.83 GAA and a .895 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 22-43 with a 2.92 GAA on the road and 27-45 with a 2.72 GAA against the Eastern Conference, while against the Capitals he has gone 0-5 with a 3.51 GAA.
Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals Canucks have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 28th in the league in scoring at 2.63 gpg, while also ranking 28th in shots taken (29.8 spg) and 12th in power play conversions, converting on 20.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been poor as they come in ranked 27th in goals allowed, giving up 3.22 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots allowed (32.1 spg) and 27th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 22.3% of their chances. Caps Win Tough Battle Against The Blues
The Washington Capitals were very mediocre at the start of the year, but they have really turned it around of late as they have won their last four games in a row and 15 of their last 20 games. Thet has enabled them to take over the top spot in the Metro Division, which is where they finished in each of the last two years. They come in off a hard-fought 4-3 OT win over the Blues, who have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference this year. The Caps held a 3-2 lead in the game late, but the Blues tied it with just 4:09 left in regulation. The Caps then won it with just 43 seconds left in OT on a goal by Nicklas Backstrom, which was his 9th of the year. Also scoring in the win was Brett Connolly, which was his 9th of the year, Alex Ovechkin, which was his 27th and Lars Eller, which was his 6th. Ovechkin is tied with Nikita Kucherov for most goals in the league. Snatching up the win against the Blues was Braden Holtby, who stopped 31 of the 34 shots that he faced in the game to improve to 24-8 with a 2.68 GAA and a .917 save percentage on the year overall, including 15-4 with a 2.15 GAA and a .932 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 117-52 with a 2.16 GAA in his home games and 61-32 with a 2.62 GAA against the Western Conference, while against the Canucks he has gone 3-2 with a 2.64 GAA. The Capitals have gone 17-5 here at home for the year and have averaged 3.32 gpg and have allowed just 2.27 gpg in those games.
Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals The Capitals come into this game ranked 10th in the league in scoring at 3.05 gpg, while also ranking 31st in shots taken (28.9 spg) and 15th in power play conversions, converting on 20.2% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been average so far as they come in ranked 16th in goals allowed, giving up 2.83 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots allowed (32.0 spg) and 21st in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.9% of their chances.
Trends Vancouver is: 8-22 in their last 30 vs. the Metropolitan
12-39 in their last 51 games playing on one days rest
Washington is: 50-15 in their last 65 games playing on one days rest
37-16 in their last 53 when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game
The Vancouver Canucks are going nowhere this year, while the Capitals are on a roll and back atop the Metro Division. The Capitals have won their last four games in a row and they just took out St Louis here at the Verizon Center, while the Canucks were just blasted in Montreal and have now gone just 1-8 in their last nine games. They do play better on the road than at home, but this is not a game that they can win over even keep close. Look for the Capital to win this one very easily as they continue to play well and lead the Metro Division.
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Pick: Washington -1.5*
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The Washington Capitals have regained their perch atop the topsy-turvy Metropolitan Division standings – and they’re heavy favourites to build on their three-point edge as they host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. The Capitals have reeled off four consecutive victories and have emerged as one of the league’s best over plays of late; the Canucks can also lay claim to that honour, though theirs hasn’t come with a string of victories. Canucks vs. Capitals Betting Analysis
You won’t find many trends suggesting that Washington is a fade in this one. The Capitals have won 40 of their previous 52 home games and have 50 victories in their last 65 games played on one day of rest. That said, Washington could play this game on one hour of rest and would still be favoured against a Canucks team that has been downright dreadful on the road, winning just 23 of its previous 70 games away from Vancouver – including nine of 20 games this season.
The Capitals are the choice of 91 percent of Sports Interaction wagerers, who are also all-in on the over-5.5-goal play. That should come as no surprise considering that the last four Capitals games have averaged 7.5 goals, while the Canucks have exceeded the total in eight of their previous nine road games. And while these teams only face off twice per year, they’ve played to the over five times with one push in their previous eight encounters. Vancouver Canucks
What a difference a month makes. On Dec. 7, the Canucks were riding high following a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Just 31 days later, Vancouver is struggling to get back into the Western Conference following a dreadful 2-10-2 stretch in which the Canucks allowed four or more goals 10 times. The Vancouver power play hasn’t been much better, mired in a 1-for-20 stretch over the past seven games that has dropped its overall efficiency to 20.4 percent. Washington Capitals
Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals schedule has been rather kind to the Capitals, who had four days of rest prior to Saturday’s 4-3 triumph over St. Louis. That break came at a great time for a Washington team that, including the win over the Blues, has gone to extra time in seven of its previous nine games (going 5-2 in that span). And with a pair of five-day breaks coming up later this month, it probably isn’t a great time for opponents to be facing the Metropolitan Division leaders.