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Ducks in Tough at Capitals Friday

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The Washington Capitals will look to make it 13 consecutive wins on home ice when they host former head coach Bruce Boudreau and the Anaheim Ducks at the Verizon Center Friday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Ducks are 6-15 SU in their last 21 road games.
  • The Ducks are 1-4 SU in their last five games following a win.
  • The visiting team is 9-3 SU in the last 12 games in this matchup.

At online shop Bovada, the Caps are being offered at -180 in moneyline markets while the Ducks are priced at +150. As far as the total is concerned, Bovada is presently offering OVER 5 goals at -125 and UNDER 5 goals at -105.

The Caps have been the class of the league this season, sitting atop the NHL with 73 points—five points ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks. The team is at or near the top in both home (18-3-1) and road (17-5-2) records but where you see the real dominance is in goal differential. Washington heads into Friday’s contest with a +55 goal differential—a whopping +23 ahead of the next best team (Blackhawks). The Caps have outscored opponents 38-22 while winning seven of their nine January games.

After a slow start, the Ducks have shown signs of rounding into form as they’ve gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 and are coming off a 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild their last time out.

The issues that plagued the Ducks at the beginning of the season are still prevalent as Anaheim is dead last in the NHL averaging 2.0 goals per game. The Ducks do, however, own the league’s best penalty kill (89.1 percent) and are sixth in the NHL in goals against at 2.3 per game.

Despite Washington’s propensity to fill the net, UNDER might have a bit of value for hockey bettors. UNDER has gone 6-2-3 in Anaheim’s last 11 games, but Boudreau’s team will have their work cut out for them if they want to cool off the high-scoring Capitals on home ice Friday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Washington sat as -175 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.1-2.3 win for the Capitals on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Anaheim Ducks vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Capitals sit at 35-8-3 on the season; in comparison, the Anaheim Ducks are currently 20-18-7. Looking to wager on the totals? Washington is 18-19-9 OU, and Anaheim is 13-22-10 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Anaheim injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 1-ranked Washington Capitals and the No. 11-rated Anaheim Ducks in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals No. 1-ranked offense (3.37 goals per game) against a Anaheim Ducks defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.36 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 28.68% rate while the Ducks have a 89.1% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Anaheim was a 3-1 winner in its last match at home against the Wild. They won as favorites, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors.

The Capitals were a 6-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -160 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Anaheim is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Anaheim is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 7 games on the road
  • Anaheim is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington
  • Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Anaheim at Detroit, Saturday, January 23rd
Washington home to Pittsburgh, Sunday, January 24th