The Detroit Red Wings welcome the Washington Capitals to Little Caesars Arena a couple of days after defeating the Predators on Friday night. It was the win of the year for the Red Wings, who can make it two huge wins in a row on Sunday. Beating the Predators is impressive enough, but doing it against the Capitals immediately after would be a heck of an accomplishment for this team.
Does it mean that they’re better than the Predators and Capitals? Not by a wide margin and it’s laughable to think otherwise. Despite beating the Preds, the Wings are just 4 points out of last place in the league. Coming back from a 2-0 hole against Nashville is a notable win for them, though.
While it was a nice win, they’re going to see a lot more firepower from the Capitals on Sunday. It isn’t like the Preds didn’t have their chances. They were there, but just didn’t want it badly enough. Overlooking opponents never really works and they paid for it. Nevertheless, Nashville bounced back the next night in Montreal. It was a nice homecoming for P.K. Subban in his former home.
As far as the Capitals are concerned, they have lost three games in a row for the first time this season. The last time they lost even two games in a row was back at the beginning of December, so their hot streak has come to an abrupt end recently. The Capitals were going bonkers with 16 wins in 19 games. That was disrupted with losses against the Predators, Blues, and Stars. The ugliest of the three games was against the Blues, who are struggling to keep their heads above water. We’ll see if Washington can snap out of it in Detroit tonight. Head below for our free Capitals vs. Red Wings pick on Sunday in the NHL.
Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick
The Capitals looked like they weren’t going to be stopped for a minute there. However, realistically they were never going to be able to keep winning at that pace. They were blowing everyone out of the water until this recent setback. With that said, the best of teams will run into holes here and there. The Capitals are still solid at 24-12-3. They’re tied with the Penguins for 1st in the Metropolitan.
Yeah, the Penguins, who have ben on fire recently and have caught up to their rivals. It wasn’t the best start to the season for them, but they’ve since discovered their groove. Much of that is a result of Matt Murray finally standing tall in net.
Despite the three-game losing streak, the Capitals are still averaging 3.45 goals per game. I expect them to wake up and play well against a Detroit team who has been falling asleep at the wheel defensively lately. The game against the Predators was the first time that they gave up less than 4 goals since December 22nd against the Panthers. In their previous six games, they have given up 4.5 goals per game. 4.8 goals in five games before their meeting with the Preds.
Part of that is because of injuries, notably Mike Green who is sitting on the IR. Danny DeKeyser who is another main cog on the blue line is out as well. They did get forward Anthony Mantha back in the lineup against the Preds, though. His presence will help offensively. After faltering the last few games, expect the Capitals to bring the artillery to Detroit and pepper Jimmy Howard with constant pressure. The Caps have averaged 3.4 goals per game on the road this season, though have allowed 3.2 goals. There should be enough offence to push this one OVER the total in Detroit.