The Nashville Predators will host the Washington Capitals in an inter-conference clash Tuesday night from the Bridgestone Arena. The Capitals lost to Columbus on Saturday, and they host St. Louis on Monday night, while the Predators dropped a 6-3 road decision to the Hurricanes in their latest contest. Nashville tallied a 6-3 road win over the Capitals in the only meeting this season.
Capitals Seek Retribution After Loss to Predators
The Washington Capitals will be looking for retribution after falling 6-3 to the Predators on home ice late last month. Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin recently scored two goals in a win against Boston, although he has not been quite as productive in the offensive end recently. Overall, Ovechkin is having another outstanding season, netting 32 goals along with 18 assists. Ovechkin was held pointless in the loss to Nashville last month.
Nicklas Backstrom has been quiet from an offensive perspective as well, registering only one point in his last five games. The 11-year veteran center is having another strong season, notching 45 points in 43 games heading into Monday’s game against St. Louis. The Capitals hold a terrific 14-6-2 road record on the season, and they are 6-4 in their last ten games overall.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 13, 2019
Washington could turn to either Braden Holtby or Pheonix Copley in goal in the second game of a back-to-back set. Holtby holds a subpar 2.85 GAA and a .912 save percentage accompanied with a 17-10-2 record, while Copley stands at 10-2-3 with a solid 2.56 GAA on the season. The Capitals are averaging a solid 3.4 goals on the season, good for seventh in the NHL. They are conceding an average of 2.9 goals, pegging them 13th in the NHL.
Predators Pummeled by Hurricanes
The Nashville Predators will open a three game homestand in this contest. They enter this one on a two game losing streak which included a rough 6-3 road loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday. Filip Forsberg was a bright spot in the defeat, scoring two goals. The 24-year old center has tallied four points in his last three games. Forbserg, who recently missed one month due to injury, has collected 26 points on the season.
Predators’ point leader Ryan Johansen extended his point streak to three games in Sunday’s defeat. The seven-year veteran center is playing well, recording a total of eight points in his last eight games played, and he has 40 points on the season. Johansen recorded a goal and two assists in the win over the Capitals last month. The Predators stand at 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they feature a 15-7 home record.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) January 13, 2019
Nashville will likely send Pekke Rinne between the pipes in this one. Rinne hasn’t been quite as sharp in his last few games, and he owns a stellar 2.24 GAA and a .919 save percentage paired with a 17-10-3 record on the season. The Predators are scoring an average of 3.1 goals, ranking them 12th in the NHL. They are holding opponents to 2.6 goals, good for first in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators are:
- 3-7 in their last 10 Tuesday games.
- over is 4-1 in their last 5 games when playing on one day of rest.
- over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Metropolitan division.
The Washington Capitals are:
- 5-0 in their last 5 games when playing their third game in a 3-in-4 situation.
- 19-7 in their last 26 games overall.
- 29-11 in their last 40 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am siding with the Capitals in this matchup. The Predators have lost two straight games, and their defensive play hasn’t been sharp recently. They have squandered a combined 13 points in their last three games which included a 6-3 road loss to Carolina on Sunday.
Furthermore, the Capitals have won three out of their last four games heading into Monday’s game, and they are keeping the puck out of their net, allowing two or fewer goals in four out of their last five games.
Prediction: Washington Capitals
Full-Game Total Pick
The over is a solid option in this matchup. The Predators are consistently scoring, netting at least three goals in nine consecutive games, and the over is 5-0 in their last five home games against the Capitals.
In addition, the Capitals have also heated up offensively, scoring a combined 13 goals in their last four games heading into Monday’s game, and the over is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
Full-Game Prop Bet
I am opting with the over on the Capitals team total. Pekka Rinne hasn’t been as sharp recently, squandering a combined 12 goals in his last three games. Also, the Capitals have scored at least three goals in seven out of their last ten games.
Prediction: Capitals Team Total: Over
Half-Time Side Pick
I am taking the Capitals on the first period line. The Capitals have only conceded 36 goals in the first period this season, marking their best defensive period. In addition, the Predators lowest scoring period occurs in the first where they have only scored 37 goals on the season.
Prediction: Washington Capitals