The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey throughout Tuesday night. Eleven games are up on the board throughout October 19. One of these matchups will be between the Colorado Avalanche and the Washington Capitals. These two teams will look to come out hot in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Colorado has earned a record of 1-1-0 to open up this new campaign. The Avalanche finished out last season with a record of 39-13-4, which had them earn the President’s Trophy. Colorado had a disappointing end to their season though when they fell to the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round. The Avalanche will look to bounce back with a win in this one.
The Capitals have put up a record of 1-0-1 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Metropolitan division. Washington made the postseason as well last season, but were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the first round. The Capitals will look to bounce back early in this season. I expect Washington to try and set the pace early in this matchup.
These two teams have had solid starts to the season, which should lead to an exciting matchup on Tuesday night. Both teams have strong rosters and will look to earn a big two points in this matchup. If either team can come out hot and grab the momentum early in this one, it could be enough for a big win on Tuesday night.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Colorado Avalanche||+1 ½ (-240)||-105||Over 6 (-108)|
|Washington Capitals||-1 ½ (+200)||-105||Under 6 (-102)|
|Team Data||Colorado Avalanche||Washington Capitals|
|Away/ Home Record||0-0-0||1-0-1|
|Goals Per Game||3.50||3.00|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||–||3.00|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||–||.938|
- 97-56 in last 153 games
- 24-18 in first half of the season last three seasons
- 9-6 in last 15 Tuesday night games
- 5-7 in last 12 games with two days of rest
- 21-10 in last 31 non-Conference games
- 26-14 in last 40 games after allowing four or more goals
- 19-11 in last 30 games after losing by two or more goals
- 81-59 in last 140 games
- 28-15 in first half of season last three seasons
- 14-6 in last 20 Tuesday night games
- 13-12 when playing on two days of rest
- 16-10 in last 26 non-Conference games
These two teams have not met up since the 2019-20 season. Colorado and Washington split that season series with each team winning on their home ice. The Capitals outscored the Avalanche 8-6 in those games. Now both teams look a bit different, but still have similar rosters. If either team can gain momentum early, it could be enough for the win.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) October 19, 2021
The Avalanche have not been able to get their special teams going early in the season. Colorado has gone 0-7 on their power play early in this season. The Avalanche have killed off three of the five penalties against them, which is a 60 percent kill rate.
Washington has been strong on both sides of special teams to open up the new season. The Capitals have capitalized on three of their ten power play chances, which is a 30 percent success rate. Washington has given up one power play goals on six opportunities, which is an 83.3 percent kill rate.
Colorado has gotten off to a rough start on special teams, but I expect them to get going sooner rather than later. The Capitals have been strong to open up this season and will look to keep it going. If either team score a couple of power play goals in this one, it could be enough to lift them to the win.
Darcy Kuemper will likely get the nod in the crease for Colorado on Tuesday night. Kuemper has opened up this season with a 1-1 record in his two starts. He has posted a .902 save percentage and a GAA of 3.09 in those matchups. Kuemper stopped 23 of 27 shots in his last outing against the St. Louis Blues in route to a loss.
I expect Vitek Vanecek to get the start in the net for the Capitals in this one. Vanecek has gone 1-0-1 through his two starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .938 and a 1.44 GAA in his starts. Vanecek stopped 22 of 24 shots in his last start against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the overtime loss on Saturday.
These two goalies have had solid starts to this season. Vanecek has been really strong in his first two starts, but the Avalanche have the offense to break through. Kuemper is coming off a rough start in his last outing, but I expect him to bounce back. If Colorado can gain an early lead, I think they can win this one on Tuesday night.
These two teams have really strong rosters, and it should lead to an exciting game on Tuesday. With the Avalanche coming off a loss in their last matchup, I think they will earn a win in this one. Colorado is going to get their power play going at some point. If the Avalanche can get it going in this one, I think they will earn a big win on the road.
BetOnline has Washington listed as a -105 against the money line in this one. This gives even odds to both teams entering Tuesday nights tilt. I think that this line is accurate with these two teams. The Avalanche are coming off a loss in their last game and I expect them to bounce back in this one. If Colorado’s offense can take over, I like the value on them to earn the road win.