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#17 Washington Capitals -130 vs.
#18 Edmonton Oilers 6
Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 9:05pm EDT
Rogers Place, Edmonton
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Thursday, there is a matchup between an Eastern Conference team and a Western Conference team. Specifically, the Washington Capitals and the Edmonton Oilers will face off at about 9:00 PM. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at Rogers Place.

Goalie Matchup: The Capitals will turn to to Braden Holtby (4-1-2, 3.60 GAA)and the Oilers will counter withMike Smith (3-2-1, 2.15 GAA).

Capitals Look To Continue Their Winning Ways

So far this season, the Washington Capitals have been one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Specifically, the Capitals are in the midst of a four-game winning streak after beating the Flames on Tuesday by the score of 5-3. In addition, the Capitals have won 7 of their first 11 games which is good enough to put them in atop the Metropolitan Division standings. However, now the Capitals have to play on the road against one of the best teams in the Western Conference so one has to wonder if Washington will truly be up to the challenge.

Leading the Capitals offensively is defenseman John Carlson who has looked unbelievable this season. Specifically, he already has a whopping 15 assists and 20 points through the first 11 games of the regular season. In addition, he also has +8 Plus/Minus Rating so the Capitals have thrived whenever he is on the ice. At this point in the season, Carlson is the favorite to win the James Norris Memorial Trophy so he will look to continue playing well.

The starting goalie for the Capitals in this game will be Braden Holtby who has pretty good so far this season. Specifically, he has a 4-1-2 record with a 3.60 GAA and a .884 save percentage. However, Holtby has won each of his last three starts so he will look for another win on Thursday. Last season, Holtby went 0-1-0 with a 3.08 GAA and a .903 save percentage against the Oilers.

Oilers Look To Stay Undefeated At Home

So far this season, the Edmonton Oilers have been an elite team in the Western Conference. Specifically, the Oilers have won seven of their first ten games as it remains atop the Pacific Division standings. In addition, Edmonton is currently undefeated at Rogers Place through four home games. However, the Oilers have lost each of their last two games due to a lack of offensive production. Specifically, Edmonton has not scored a goal in the last 147 minutes of game time which will need to end soon if the Oilers plan on winning this home game.

Leading the Oilers offensively will be center Connor McDavid who has looked like the best player in the league this season. Specifically, he already has 12 assists and 17 points in just ten games. In addition, McDavid also has a Plus/Minus Rating of +4 so the Oilers have fared extremely well whenever he is on the ice. However, he has not recorded a point in each of his last three games so he will look to get back on track in this game.

The starting goalie for the Oilers in this game will be Mike Smith who has been great so far this season. Specifically, he has a 3-2-1 record and a solid 2.15 GAA and a .925 save percentage. Last season, Smith went 0-1-1 with a 3.41 GAA and a .896 save percentage against the Capitals. Hopefully for the Oilers, Smith will be able to play a lot better against them now that it is a new season.

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Until the Oilers actually lose at home, I have to back them at Rogers Place. Edmonton is undefeated at home and is in desperate need of a win after consecutive duds on the road in which it scored zero goals. I expect the Oilers to bounce back at home on Thursday against the Capitals who have had some inconsistency in net. Give me the home team in this game as a result.

Prediction: Edmonton Oilers

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Until Edmonton's offense explodes once again, I will take the under. Edmonton has not scored a goal in over two games so I question the current state of this unit. At the same time, its defense gave up a combined three goals in regulation in those two games so its defense has been amazing despite the lack of offensive production. As a result, I think this game should end somewhere in the realm of 3-2 so I will take the under.

Prediction: Under 6
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.