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Caps’ California Trip Continues in L.A.

Washington Capitals Los Angeles Kings NHL

Six of the Washington Capitals’ next eight games come on the road, including a possible Stanley Cup preview when they visit the Los Angeles Kings as their California road trip continues at Staples Center Wednesday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Kings are 6-2 SU in their last eight games overall.
  • The Capitals are 7-2 SU in their last nine road games.
  • The Capitals are 20-6 in their last 26 games with one day off between games.

At online shop Bovada, the Kings are offered at -125 in moneyline markets with the Caps at -105. The total is tabbed at 5 goals with OVER at -120 and UNDER at -110.

The Capitals began their California trip with a 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks Monday night. After visiting the Kings Wednesday, they travel up the Pacific coast and stop in San Jose to face the Sharks. No team in the Metropolitan Division has swept its way through California yet this season, but the Caps got off to a promising start.

Despite a 3-1 loss in Washington back on February 16, the Kings have had a decided edge in head-to-head meetings with the Capitals. Los Angeles has gone 8-2 in their last 10 meetings with Caps and has won five-straight meetings with the Caps in L.A. In fact, Washington’s last win in Los Angeles came way back on December 14, 2005.

One thing to note when it comes to betting the Caps: One-goal games are becoming the norm with this team. Entering Wednesday’s tilt with the Kings, the Capitals have played in 11-consecutive one-goal games and 13 of their last 14 have been decided by a single goal. That is a glaring number, especially considering the Caps are normally -1.5 in puckline markets.

Tonight looks to be different as they will be puckline dogs and there is certainly not a ton of value backing the puckline, but the Caps at +1.5 might be a strong candidate for parlay cards Wednesday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Washington Capitals opened as 110 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3-2.2 win for the Kings on Wednesday. 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

39-22-4 Los Angeles battles the Capitals, currently with a 49-13-4 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 20-26-19 for the Kings and 25-26-15 for the Capitals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Washington injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 10-rated Washington Capitals taking on the No. 5-rated Los Angeles Kings in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Los Angeles Kings No. 15-ranked offense (2.69 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.29 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 22.51% rate while the Capitals have a 84.54% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Ducks on March 07. Bettors who backed the Capitals at +119 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Canucks on March 07. Bettors who backed the Kings at -270 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Washington is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing Los Angeles
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Washington
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at San Jose, Saturday, March 12th
Los Angeles home to New Jersey, Saturday, March 12th