The Avalanche (55-14-6) have already clinched the top spot in the Western Conference, but they’ll also have hopes of taking home the Presidents' Trophy. Thanks to an Islanders loss, the Capitals (42-23-10) clinched a playoff spot on April 17. The Capitals vs Avalanche prediction will break down a clash involving two elite teams on Monday night.
Capitals vs Avalanche Odds & Analysis
The Washington Capitals are one of the top teams in the NHL which speaks volumes of the fact that the Avalanche opened at -125 while Washington opened at +250. The gap has closed slightly as people took notice of Washington’s fantastic value. At the moment Colorado can be found at -188, while Washington remains at +184.
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Capitals Playoff Spot All But Secured
While the Capitals currently occupy a wild-card spot, an improved playoff position is still up for grabs as the team is in striking distance of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Finishing third in the Metropolitan would mean a better playoff seed, so the Capitals still have a lot to play for.
The Caps will be hoping for a repeat of the previous encounter between these sides. Washington cruised to a 6-3 win over Colorado back in October but the Capitals vs Avalanche prediction foresees a much tighter matchup in April. Washington has found their scoring touch at the right time and their confidence will be high heading into this one as the team managed 6.6 goals per game throughout their previous three games.
Colorado Looking For Ten In A Row
The Avalanche are the hottest team in the NHL at the moment and they’ll be looking for their tenth win in a row, including a seventh consecutive home win. Ball Arena has been a fortress all season long and the Capitals vs Avalanche prediction cannot ignore this fact. Colorado has only lost four regulation games at home this season, which is the best record in the league.
Colorado’s incredible run of form has coincided with an increase in point production from Nathan MacKinnon. The forward recently surpassed Cale Makar and Nazem Kadri as the team’s second-most productive player. Unfortunately, Nazem Kadri and Gabriel Landeskog have been dealing with nagging injuries and they’re considered game-time decisions for this clash.
Capitals vs Avalanche Pick & Insights
Capitals: Keys to Victory
The Caps will have the benefit of being a relatively healthy side as Carl Hagelin is the only notable absentee. Vitek Vanecek won his last two starts and after Ilya Samsonov got the hook last time out, we may see Vanecek get the start. Washington’s top ten penalty kill is a huge factor in the Capitals vs Avalanche prediction as they’ll need to shut down one of the best power play units in the league.
Avalanche: Keys to Victory
We all know how potent Colorado’s offense can be as they know how to overwhelm goaltenders with pucks to the net. However, it is their defensive game that will influence the Capitals vs Avalanche pick. They’re notoriously difficult to play against and a goals-against average of 2.7 per game is one of the best in the league. MacKinnon’s 1.42 points per game ratio is a great sign for player prop bettors.
Odds Shark’s Computer Capitals vs Avalanche Prediction: Avalanche -200 ML
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