Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Caps and Leafs Meet to End Slumps with NHL Betting Odds

January 23rd, 2019 NHL Hockey, Sportsbook

Late on both Washington and Toronto are in terrible NHL Betting online slumps.  Both teams began the season like the top contenders that everyone expected them to be.  But since the start of the new year the Capitals and Maple Leafs have drowned gamblers in red ink.  To begin with Washington is lacking the commitment to defense that made them last year’s Stanley Cup champion.  For Toronto a surprising drop in power play efficiency as been among the culprits.  While the Caps and Leafs are still considered playoff contenders the recent look has been frustrating.

Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date and Time:  Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location:  Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario Canada

NHL Betting Online Odds at SBG: Click Here!

Capitals+1½ (-160)6½ (-135)
Maple Leafs-1½ (+140)6½ (+115)
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Capitals vs. Maple Leafs TV Coverage: NBCSN

Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto has dropped seven of their last 10 NHL Betting online matchups.  And just two of their last ten have gone over the total.  Cause by that drop is a record of 29-17-2-0 which is good for second place in the Atlantic Division.  Of great concern is the recent drop in goal scoring by the Leafs.  Toronto is a half a goal per game below their season average lately.  Despite the fact they rank fifth in the NHL for goal scoring the power play ranks 10th.  Defensively TO ranks 10th for goals against and 11th for penalty killing.

Washington Capitals

Washington has also dropped seven of their last ten games.  And just three of their last nine have gone over the total.  On the whole the Capitals sportsbook woes point to defense.  Under previous coach Barry Trotz, Washington committed to a full 200-foot game.  But new coach Todd Reirden has not been able to coax out the same effort on the back end.  Washington is 27-16-4-1 which puts them in third in the Metropolitan Division.  Encompassing their struggles is an NHL rank of 22nd for goals against and 23rd for penalty killing.   However, they do rank eight for goals scored.

Stats to Consider

In contrast to earlier in the season Washington has fallen as a road ice betting value.  The Caps have paid in just two of their last six away matchups.  Just three of their last eight away games have gone over the total.  Comparable problems are with the Maple Leafs at home.  Toronto has paid in just one of their last seven games at Scotiabank Arena.  And only one of their last five home games have gone over the total.

Stats to Consider

Most important of all Washington owns their head to head series with Toronto.  To illuminate the Capitals have paid in 13 of their last 18 games with the Maple Leafs.  Four of the last six between these teams have gone under the total.  And at Scotiabank Arena the Capitals have come away with the money in their last three visits.

Matchup to Watch

If follows that with both teams slumping the head to head numbers become more important.  As has been noted Washington has the strong NHL Betting online matchup advantage over Toronto.

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Online Picks

To conclude the Capitals have the proven edge over Toronto.

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Online Pick: Washington Capitals

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Online Series Prediction:  Capitals 4, Maple Leafs 2

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