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Capitals Have A Terrible History At Staples Center

The Washington Capitals continue their California road trip when they take to the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Kings Saturday. The Caps have had nothing but nightmares in LA, as Alexander Ovechkin and company have dropped their past six games in the City of Angels.  The last time Washington won in LA came on December 14, 2005 with a roster featuring the likes of Jeff Halpern, Dainius Zubrus and Olaf Kolzig in net.

SHARK BITES
  • The Kings are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games after a win.
  • Drew Doughty has had a negative plus/minus in six of the Kings past 11 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of the Capitals' last 10 games on the road against teams with losing records.

Braden Holtby, who is expected to get the start for the Capitals, has been struggling as of late. The Vezina hopeful has allowed seven goals in the past two games, which includes getting yanked in the second period against Dallas after allowing three goals on 11 shots. All that being said, Washington pounded LA earlier this season 5-0.

The Kings have been wildly inconsistent since the beginning of February with the team going 7-7-2 in their past 16 outings. Offensive consistency has been a big reason for these issues, as the Kings have been shutout in six of their 16 games since the start of February while scoring three or more goals in eight occasions during the same span.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Washington Capitals in this one, they Capitals listed earlier today as favorites of -115 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Capitals to win this game 2.8-2.6. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Los Angeles Kings are 32-28-6 overall while the Washington Capitals are 44-15-7. As for the totals, Los Angeles is 19-30-17 on the OU, and Washington is 28-24-14. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Washington injuries news.

This game puts the Los Angeles Kings, most recently No. 7 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Washington Capitals, who rate a No. 2 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Los Angeles Kings No. 26-ranked offense (2.48 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.17 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 19.05% rate while the Capitals have a 84.44% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Washington was a 4-2 loser on the road against the Sharks. Bettors on San Jose at -106 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Los Angeles was a 3-2 winner in its last match at home against the Predators. They won as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Washington is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
  • Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Washington is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Los Angeles is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Washington
  • Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Anaheim, Sunday, March 12th
Los Angeles home to St. Louis, Monday, March 13th

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