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Reeling Wild in Tough Versus Capitals

Devan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild NHL

Things just seem to be going from bad to worse for the Minnesota Wild, who take a season-long losing streak into Thursday’s meeting with the best team in the NHL.

Shark Bites
  • The Capitals are 1-7 SU in their last eight games versus the Wild in Minnesota.
  • UNDER has cashed in 12 of the past 16 contests between the Capitals and Wild.
  • The Capitals are 13-2 SU in their last 15 games with one day off in between games.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Capitals at -135 on the road while the Wild are presently +115. In totals markets, OVER 5 goals is presently -115 while the UNDER is -105.

The Wild are currently mired in a six-game losing streak and have lost 11 of their last 12 contests overall – a drought that has plummeted them to sixth in the Central Division. Defending has been a glaring issue for the Wild during their current funk as they’ve allowed at least four goals in five of those six losses. They allowed four goals in an overtime loss to the Dallas Stars in their last effort Tuesday night.

The Capitals came out of the All-Star Break with a rare loss (5-2 versus the Florida Panthers) but have rattled off four-straight wins since. They defeated the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-3 their last time out, thanks to Marcus Johansson tallying one goal and two assists.

According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, the Wild will look to Devan Dubnyk between the pipes tonight. Dubnyk has lost his last nine starts and owns a horrific .855 save percentage in three February starts.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Minnesota Wild in this one, they were listed as moneyline underdogs of 115 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Thursday's contest. The over-under total was at 5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.6-1.9 win for the Capitals on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Minnesota Wild Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Minnesota will face the 39-9-4 Capitals. In totals betting, the Wild are 18-25-10 in over under betting so far this season while the Washington Capitals are 21-20-11. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Washington injuries news.

This game puts the Minnesota Wild, most recently No. 27 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Washington Capitals, who rate a No. 3 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Minnesota Wild No. 22-ranked offense (2.45 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.27 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 17.95% rate while the Capitals have a 83.65% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington won its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Predators on February 09. Bettors who backed the Capitals at -102 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 4-3 loser at home against the Stars. Bettors on Dallas at -108 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Washington's last 16 games when playing Minnesota
  • Washington is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
  • Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Dallas, Saturday, February 13th
Minnesota home to Boston, Saturday, February 13th