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Washington Capitals

Edmonton Oilers
4-5-0 October 24, 2013, 09:30 PM | Rexall Place 3-6-1

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Washington duelling Edmonton on Thursday at Rexall Place.

Edmonton battles the Capitals, currently with a 4-5-0 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 6-4 for the Oilers and 5-4 for the Capitals.

View Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Oilers in this one found them earlier as -105 on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

This game matches up the No. 27 (Oilers) and the No. 5 (Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Washington won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Jets on October 22. Bettors who backed the Capitals at +100 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Edmonton, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Canadiens on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Oilers at +180 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Edmonton's No. 14-ranked offense (3 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 24 at 3.22 goals per game allowed. The Oilers powerplay has clicked at a 13.89% rate while the Capitals have a 87.1% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Capitals at Oilers trends to consider:
Edmonton is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Edmonton's last 12 games

Next up:
Washington at Calgary, Saturday, October 26th
Edmonton at Winnipeg, Saturday, October 26th