One of the worst things about being out of the playoffs in the final weeks of the season is that teams need to start winning regularly, but then also rely on other results going their way. That is not an issue that the top teams in the league need to concern themselves with, but there is always the possibility that those teams can get a little too comfortable up in their ivory tower. We have, more than once, seen a team look to have a comfortable lead at the top of the division only to see it all fall apart coming down the stretch. With a lot of games still to play in the regular season, no lead is 100% safe, which is why the Washington Capitals need to find a way to break out of the little losing streak they are currently going through. Breaking out of that slump on Thursday night is going to be no easy task, though, as they will be on the road against a very good Colorado Avalanche team. The Avalanche are favored by 1 ½ on home ice, with the goal total for this one set at 6 ½.
When: Thursday, Feb 13 at 9:30 PM EST
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
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Why bet on the Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals still have the lead in the Metropolitan Division, but it is slowly but surely starting to shrink. They are coming into this one on the heels of back to back wins that has seen their lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins reduced to just 3 points. There may be a little bit of a distraction with the Capitals right now, as they are trying to get Alexander Ovechkin to 700 career goals, a mark that he is just 2 goals shy of at the moment. Despite their losses, the Capitals still have a winning record over their last 10 games, going 6-4-0. On the road this season, they are 20-6-1, but they are a very solid 19-8 ATS in those road games. The total has gone OVER in 5 of their last 6 games.
Why bet on the Colorado Avalanche
Another division race that has tightened up dramatically can be found in the Central Division, where the defending champion St. Louis Blues have had their lead cut to a single point by the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado are on fire right now, winning 5 in a row and going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. They are a team that appears to be getting better as the season progresses, with a lot of people now looking at them as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. The Avalanche have been better on the road than at home this season, but they are still a very respectable 15-7-4 in their own building, although just 14-12 ATS in those games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The first meeting between these two this season ended in a 6-3 win for the Avalanche on the road. Given their current form, it would not be a surprise to see them win again. The wager I like here, though, is the OVER.
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