The Vancouver Canucks continue their road trip out east with a stop in Washington, D.C. They’ve been to Toronto and Montreal already, with disappointing results. The Canucks pushed the Leafs, but fell 3-2 in a shootout. The next night they had no legs underneath them and took a 5-2 loss against the Canadiens. All in all, a record of 16-20-3 is pretty indicative of their team. At the beginning of the season, it’s just about where most people would have pegged them at this point in the year, maybe even a little better than expected.
It’s no secret that the Canucks have miles to go before they become a contender again. The city doesn’t have to worry about another riot anytime soon. The Canucks are currently on a four-game losing streak, and have won just three of their last fourteen games. Injuries have certainly hampered them. I thought they’d be at 16-20-3 with a healthy squad, so with that said, they’ve been ahead of the curve.
The most notable of their injuries is to Bo Horvat. Horvat is out with a fractured foot and is currently on working getting back. Before he went down, Horvat accumulated 10 goals and 10 assists with a +/- of 5. He should be back in late January, but the damage is going to be already done. The saving grace for the Canucks has been Brock Boeser.
Playing in his first full-year with the Canucks, the 20-year-old has notched 22 goals and 18 assists. The Canucks have been losing, but without Boeser, this ship would have been sank at the bottom of the ocean floor. Along with Horvat, he and Boeser will combine to be a force in the future. They’re just going to need some help from management bringing in additional talent. The end is near for the Sedin’s in Vancouver, and the Canucks are going to have a team centred around Horvat and Boeser. For the Capitals, there are no injuries to report as they come into Tuesday night with a clean bill of health. Head below for our free Canucks vs. Capitals pick.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Washington Capitals Pick
With the sudden surge of Boeser, the Canucks would have a competitive team if they were completely healthy. Injuries are a part of the game, though, and the Canucks were delivered a blow in that regard. They’ve been struggling to offence without a healthy unit. They’ve getting destroyed on the defensive side of things, however. In their past ten games, the Canucks have allowed an average of 4.2 goals per game. They have given up at least 3 goals in nine of their last ten. The Canucks played the Habs twice within the last ten games, and allowed 12 goals in total. Overall, they’ve allowed 3.26 per game, but it’s gotten significantly worse with the injuries.
They should be happy to know they play a Capitals team who have been on fire offensively lately. They’ve won four of their last four games and averaged 4.5 goals per game. The Capitals have gone through lulls this year, and then all of the sudden they shoot out of a cannon. The Caps lost three in a row, and then they won their last four games. Before the three-game losing streak, they won eight of nine, so they have been streaky thus far, but maintaining a solid record of 26-13-2. It’s always a nice play to ride the Capitals when they’re hot, and they run into a Canucks team who is just trying to regroup. The Capitals should be able to win here convincingly, or at least by 2 goals on Tuesday night.
PICK: CAPITALS -1.5 (+135)