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Ducks Open Road Trip as Big Underdogs at Washington

Troy Terry and the Ducks are large underdogs in Ducks-Capitals betting odds Monday night.

The surprising Anaheim Ducks (13-8-4) will kick off a five-game road trip Monday when they visit the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals (15-4-6) as large underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. The Ducks are 4-4-2 away from home this year, and their previous longest road trip was four games.

Anaheim Ducks vs Washington Capitals
  • Date/Time: December 6, 7 p.m. ET
  • Arena: Capital One Arena
  • TV Coverage: NHL NET
  • Opening Odds: Capitals -180 | O/U 5.5 (Line History)
  • Ducks vs Capitals Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The moneyline rose over the -200 mark for the second time within 12 hours late on Sunday, and bettors should expect it to stay there on Monday barring some last-minute scratches to key players.

The goaltending tandems for both teams have been fairly even from a statistical perspective, so even a change in net should not sway the odds much. For example, Ilya Samsonov (10-1-1) has earned a majority of the wins for the Capitals this year compared to Vitek Vanecek (4-3-5), but they have started the same number of games, and their goals-against average and save percentage are almost identical.

Anaheim News & Notes

Anaheim’s two goalies have also been comparable this season, although veteran John Gibson (10-6-3) has been the man who has logged the most time with 19 of the 25 starts.

The 28-year-old Gibson is only a year older than backup Anthony Stolarz (3-2-1), who is a former second-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers. The six-foot-five Stolarz is a much bigger presence between the pipes than Gibson, and his save percentage is actually a bit better (.919 to .915).

The Ducks have not struggled offensively lately – averaging 3.8 goals in their last five games – but their defensive play will be crucial in this spot against a Capitals team that can obviously score.

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Washington News & Notes

Nine of Washington’s 10 losses this season have been decided by exactly one goal, with six of those coming after regulation time. That is an unbelievable stat and why the Capitals should be taken very seriously again as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.

Unfortunately for Vanecek, he has been the one who has taken most of the losses in extra time. But Samsonov took his first regulation loss last Tuesday in a 5-4 setback to the Florida Panthers on the road, so even he is human.

In their last six wins, they have allowed three goals or less, and the offense led by 36-year-old Alex Ovechkin (20 goals, 19 assists) has continued to produce overall with three goals or more in six consecutive games.

How Anaheim Will Win

Anaheim does not have much experience playing away from the Honda Center this year, but the team has won three of five on the road, including two in extra time. The Ducks are a young team for the most part, and they built up their confidence early in the season with an eight-game winning streak after a poor 2-4-3 start. They need to remember that run.

How Washington Will Win

Washington must avoid looking past Anaheim as an unfamiliar Western Conference opponent with the Pittsburgh Penguins on deck Friday after three days off in between. The Capitals lost to the Ducks 3-2 in overtime three weeks ago on the road as part of a 2-1-1 trip on the West Coast, and they have gone 8-1-4 at Capital One Arena.

Computer Pick: Capitals -210

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Shark Bites
  • Anaheim is 11-5 in its last 16 games.
  • The OVER is 5-1 in Washington’s last 6 home games.
  • The OVER is 7-2 in Anaheim’s last 9 road games.