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Languid Wild Hope to Avoid 3-Game Skid

Minnesota Wild Braden Holtby Washington Capitals NHL

Whether in the win or loss column, hockey teams do not get streakier than the Minnesota Wild lately. The struggling Central Division club will look to avert a three-game losing streak when they visit the Washington Capitals Friday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Wild are 1-4 SU in their last five games vs the Capitals in Washington.
  • The Wild are 1-8 SU in their last nine games vs teams with a winning record.
  • The Capitals are 17-3 SU in their last 20 games at home.

The Wild followed up an eight-game losing skid with a nice four-game winning streak but have now lost back-to-back games and have two of the Eastern Conference’s best on deck. After Friday’s meeting with the Caps, they host the Florida Panthers Sunday.

During the recent win streak, the Wild were firing on all cylinders, averaging over five goals scored per game and posting a margin of victory of 3.25 per game. That has come to a screeching halt, however, as the team has managed just three goals in the two losses since.

The Capitals, the NHL’s best team by some margin with 92 points entering Friday’s slate of games, are coming off an embarrassing loss of their own in their last time out. Netminder and Vezina Trophy frontrunner Braden Holtby was pulled after allowing three goals on 18 shots in a 4-3 defeat to the lowly Montreal Canadiens back on Wednesday.

If Holtby does indeed get the start Friday, he will look to build on already-solid numbers versus the Wild in his career. In six appearances versus Minnesota, the Caps' puck stopper has gone 4-2 with a 2.32 goals against average and .918 save percentage.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 2.8-2.6 win for the Wild on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Minnesota Wild vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Washington will face the 27-24-10 Wild. In totals betting, the Capitals are 25-23-11 in over under betting so far this season while the Minnesota Wild are 24-26-11. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Minnesota injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 4-ranked Washington Capitals and the No. 17-rated Minnesota Wild in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals No. 1-ranked offense (3.34 goals per game) against a Minnesota Wild defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.54 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 23.91% rate while the Wild have a 77.56% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Minnesota was a 3-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Flyers. They lost as -105 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

The Capitals were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Canadiens. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at +203 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games on the road
  • Washington is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • Washington is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games at home
  • Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Washington's last 17 games when playing Minnesota

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Florida, Sunday, February 28th
Washington at Chicago, Sunday, February 28th