The Washington Capitals will head to Colorado to take on the Avalanche in this cross-conference matchup. The puck drop for this game is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. eastern from the Ball Arena.
The Capitals have been on a rollercoaster since the calendar turned to the new year, unable to win back-to-back games in three weeks. On the other hand, the Avalanche brings a five-game winning streak into the game this evening.
Let’s take a look at the Capitals vs Avalanche odds and the NHL player stats to help us make our NHL picks for today.
Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds
The Colorado Avalanche are the moneyline favorite tonight, with their odds at -145. The Avalanche have +125 odds of winning the game outright.
The puck line for the game has the Avalanche at -1.5 with odds at +170. The Washington Capitals have their puck line at +1.5 with their odds at -200.
The goal total for this game is set at 6.0. The over for total goals is getting even money, while the under is at -120.
Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche Information
Washington Capitals vs Colorado Avalanche
Location of the game: Pepsi Center. Denver, CO.
Date: Tuesday, January 24. 9:00 PM EST.
How to watch: NHLPP | ESPN+
Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Preview
The Washington Capitals find themselves right in the middle of the Metropolitan Division. While it is obviously one of the most difficult divisions in the NHL, they would like to be in a better spot in the NHL standings.
Offensively, the Capitals are averaging 3.18 goals per game which is 15th in the NHL. In their last five games, the Capitals averaged 2.6 goals per game.
The goaltending and defense for the Capitals have been great, giving up just 2.80 goals per game. In their last five games, the Capitals have given up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Alex Ovechkin is the offensive leader on this team, leading the team with 52 total points, scoring 30 goals, and assisting on 20 others. While Ovechkin does not find himself on the NHL injury report very often, he is currently listed as questionable for tonight’s game.
If a bettor had bet on the Capital’s moneyline for their last ten games, the bettor would have won their bet four times. If the bettor would have bet on the under, the bettor would have won their bet four times.
The Colorado Avalanche are red hot heading into tonight’s contest. Of their last five wins, only one was by single digits or less. Even with how well they are playing, the Avalanche are still 10 points out of the lead in their division.
Offensively, the Avalanche do not do anything spectacular, averaging just 3.04 goals a game, which is 21st in the league. In their last five games, the Avalanche are averaging 4.6 goals per game.
Defensively, the Avalanche are one of those NHL teams that just shut opposing teams down, allowing just 2.71 goals per game. In their last five games, they are giving up 1.2 goals per game on average.
Mikko Rantanen is leading the Colorado offense with 58 total points. He has scored 32 goals and assisted on 26 others. He has recorded 13 points in their last ten games.
If a bettor had bet on the Avalanche moneyline for their last ten games, the bettor would have won their bet six times. If the bettor had bet on the under, the bettor would have won their bet six times.
Darcy Kuemper will be the starting goaltender for the Capitals. After a wonderful season with the Avalanche last year, Kuemper will have a ton of pressure on him for tonight’s contest.
Alexandar Georgiev is the main goaltender for the Avalanche. He has a record of 18-11-1 and is giving up 2.64 goals per game.
Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Picks
The NHL schedule saw these two teams play earlier in the season when the Avalanche were able to walk away with a shutout victory 4-0. Given the Capitals vs Avalanche odds for the under, the safe bet here is to take under 6.0 goals.
This is one of those NHL games that bettors should not look too in-depth about. With how well the Avalanche have been playing and knowing the Capitals vs Avalanche odds, taking the Avalanche -1.5 is a great value.
Final Prediction: 3-1 Avalanche