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Red-Hot Caps Look For an Unprecedented Win Against the Stars

Teams don’t get much hotter than the Washington Capitals right now. They’ve won 10 of their last 11 games outscoring their opponents 54-22 and their only speed bump along the way was an 8-7 overtime loss to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps will look to use their momentum to shed some demons in the Big D this evening when they play a Stars team they haven’t beaten since 2008.

SHARK BITES
  • The Capitals are 0-9 SU in their last 9 games against the Stars.
  • The Stars are 3-11 SU in their last 14 games against the East conference.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Capitals' last 7 games against teams with losing records.

It’s tough to find something the Capitals aren’t doing well this season. Their goaltending is outstanding, they have one of the best goal differentials in hockey, they have the third-best penalty kill and their power play is operating at almost a 20 percent clip. Washington’s 12 road wins are the fifth most in the league and when you consider the Stars are 7-15 SU as an underdog this year – it makes this decision seem pretty clear.

I wouldn’t take any stake in the Capitals’ struggles against the Stars. Washington is the best team in the league and Dallas has been one of the worst. The Caps may get over the total all by themselves in this one and with how they’ve been stopping the puck at their end, they may be the only team scoring.

This is an excellent opportunity to grab the Caps’ on the puckline as I see them winning this game by at least two or three goals.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Dallas sat as 131 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.8-0 victory for the Capitals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Dallas Stars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Capitals will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 30-9-6 this season, while the Stars are 19-20-8. Washington is 19-16-10 against the total, while Dallas is 22-25 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Dallas vs Washington injuries news.

The Capitals - Stars odds would favor the Capitals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Dallas is rated No. 14 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Washington is at No. 1.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Dallas Stars No. 17-ranked offense (2.68 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.16 goals per game allowed. The Stars powerplay has clicked at a 16.46% rate while the Capitals have a 86.08% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington won its last outing, a 7-3 result against the Blues on January 19. Bettors who backed the Capitals at -129 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Dallas lost its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Islanders on January 19. Bettors who backed the Islanders at -115 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Dallas is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 9 games
  • Dallas is 6-16 ATS in its last 22 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Carolina, Monday, January 23rd
Dallas home to Minnesota, Tuesday, January 24th

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