The NHL is set up with a solid slate of hockey throughout March 11. Four games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Washington Capitals and the Vancouver Canucks. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Washington has earned a record of 31-18-10 so far this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Metropolitan division. The Capitals are coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a three game winning streak. Washington is five points out of the third seed in the division. The Capitals will look for a big two points on the road in this one.
The Canucks have put up a record of 29-23-6 throughout the season, which has them in fifth place of the Pacific division. Vancouver has won three games in a row and six of their last seven. The Canucks are three points out of a playoff spot after this strong push. Vancouver will look for another big win at home as they try to sneak into the playoff picture.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Vancouver has been the hotter team as of late and are making a strong push at a very open playoff race in the Western Conference. The Capitals have struggled a bit as of late and will look to get back on track. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Washington Capitals||+1 ½ (-265)||-105||Over 6 (-103)|
|Vancouver Canucks||-1 ½ (+225)||-105||Under 6 (-107)|
|Team Data||Washington Capitals||Vancouver Canucks|
|Away/ Home Record||17-7-5||13-10-3|
|Goals Per Game||3.24||2.86|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||3.31||2.81|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.916||.920|
- 3-1 in March
- 6-2 on Friday nights
- 14-10 after a non-Conference game
- 12-13 in non-Conference games
- 12-8 after allowing four goals or more
- 3-0 in March
- 3-3 on Friday nights
- 14-11 after a non-Conference game
- 13-13 in a non-Conference game
- 7-9 after a win by two or more goals
- 11-10 after scoring four goals or more
- 4-2 after three straight wins
- 13-16 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met up once this season on January 16 in Washington. Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists, but it was not enough for the Capitals. Elias Pettersson had two goals, while Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller both had a goal and an assist. Thatcher Demko finished with 31 saves on 33 shots to help lead the Canucks to a 4-2 win on the road.
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 11, 2022
The Capitals have been solid on the penalty kill throughout this season. Washington has scored on 32 of their 180 power play attempts, which is a 17.8 percent power play. The Capitals have killed off 131 of their opponents 162 power play chances, which is an 80.9 percent kill rate. Washington is 26th on the man advantage and 12th on the penalty kill.
Vancouver’s power play has been strong so far this season. The Canucks have capitalized on 40 of their 186 power play opportunities, which is a 21.5 percent success rate. Vancouver has given up 48 power play goals on 165 penalties against, which is a 70.9 percent penalty kill. The Canucks are 15th on the power play and 32nd on the kill this season.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Washington has been the better overall team on the penalty kill, while the Canucks have the better power play. The Capitals will look for their own man advantage to get going early though. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough for the win.
Vitek Vanecek will likely get the start in the crease for Washington on Friday night. Vanecek has started in 26 games this season, going 13-7-5 in those matchups. He has posted a .919 save percentage and a GAA of 2.32 in those outings. Vanecek finished with 31 saves on 35 shots in his last start against the Calgary Flames, which was enough for the win.
I expect Thatcher Demko to get the nod between the pipes for the Canucks in this one. Demko has earned a record of 26-16-2 throughout his 44 starts. He has put up a save percentage of .917 and a 2.64 GAA in his games played. Demko’s last start was against the Montreal Canadiens. He stopped 22 of 25 shots in route to the win.
These two goalies have been strong throughout this season. Vanecek has won three starts in a row and will look to come out strong in this one. Demko has won three in a row and six of his last seven starts. Both goalies will look for a fast start in this one. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.
These two teams are right in the mix of the playoff race, which should lead to an exciting matchup on Friday night. The Canucks have been the better team as of late, but I think they will have a tough task against Washington. Vancouver knocked off the Capitals earlier in the season, but I think Washington will bounce back in this one.
BetOnline has the Canucks listed as a -105 against the money line in this one. This implies that both teams have even odds to win this game. I think that this line should be closer to Washington with how strong the Capitals have been on the road. Alex Ovechkin is on a mission to pass Jaromir Jagr and I think he will lead Washington to the win.