At the onset of the season the Predators were again picked to be a top Western Conference playoff contender. Instead they are dead last in the Central Division. And six points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot. What was once the NHL betting strength of the Preds is now their decided weakness. Specifically, Nashville has one of the worst back ends in the NHL. Counter to that is a Capitals team that is fully engaged after a long Stanley Cup hangover for 2018-19. Washington has tightened up to once again play a full 200-foot game.
Nashville Predators vs. Washington Capitals
|Date and Time:||Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.|
|Predators vs. Capitals TV Coverage:||NBCSN|
|Predators vs. Capitals NHL Betting Online Odds at SBG:||Click Here|
Nashville Predators Vs. Washington Capitals Overview
Washington has an online betting record of 34-11-3-2 with 31-18-1 over the total. Overall NHL metrics have the Caps ranked fifth for goal scoring, 13th for power play, 10th for goals against and second for the penalty kill. Washington has won seven of their last nine.
Now the Predators are 22-19-4-3 with 29-17-2 over the total. Nashville ranks eighth for goal scoring, 24th for power play, 23rd for goals against and 29th for penalty killing. Late on the Preds have lost five of their last eight. Nashville was once the premier defensive team in hockey. Specifically, their penalty kill is a disaster.
Key Predators: D Roman Josi (14 G, 34 A, 48 PTS, +21, 4 PPG, 12 PPA, 17.4 SPCT), C Filip Forsberg (16 G, 17 A, 33 PTS, -2, 4 PPG, 5 PPA, 11.8 SPCT), G Pekka Rinne (16-11-3, 2.98 FAA, .897 SVPCT, 3 SO)
Key Capitals: D John Carlson (13 G, 47 A, +18, 2 PPG, 17 PPA, 9.2 SPCT), LW Alex Ovechkin (34 G, 16 A, 50 PTS, -9, 11 PPG, 4 PPA, 15.2 SPCT), G Braden Holtby (19-9-4, 3.05 GAA, .899 SVPCT, 0 SO)
Nashville and Washington against the Spread
The Predators are:
- 4-5 against the line in their last nine away games
- 2-3 under the total on the road
- 2-4 on the board in their last six games as a dog
- 5-0 over the total when listed as the dog
- 4-1 in their last five games at Washington
- 4-1-1 over the total in their head to head series with the Capitals
The Capitals are:
- 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 home games
- 4-2 over the total at the Capital One Arena
- 15-5 in their last 20 games as a chalk
- 5-3 over the total when installed as the favorite
- 2-10 in their last 12 games against the Predators
- 11-1-1 over the total when facing Nashville
Nashville Predators vs. Washington Capitals NHL Betting Pick
Although the Predators have dominated this head to head series circumstances are changes. Nashville has been in poor form recently and their defensive metrics are quite alarming. When they were at their best as an NHL betting value the Predators were airtight on the back end and between the pipes. Washington has enjoyed a resurgent season with one of the most complete teams in the NHL. Look for Capital punishment in this one.
Predators vs. Capitals NHL Betting Pick: Washington Capitals
Predators vs. Capitals NHL Betting Score Prediction: Capitals 4, Predators 2