The Washington Capitals head to Detroit, as they look to put their last two games in the past. Losing to the Maple Leafs is never fun, especially when it’s on the heels of a 8-2 loss to the Flyers. Alexander Ovechkin did not look too amused after the 2-0 loss to the Leafs. One night their offence gets shut out, and in the other they allow 8 goals. There was no middle ground in those two outings.
Nevertheless, it’s early in the year, and the Capitals are still 3-3-1. Nothing to get alarmed or jumpy about. Same guys for the Vegas Knights, who have gotten off to a blistering start. I wouldn’t read too much into it, you’ll find them sliding down the standings before too long. They have won just 1 game in their last five efforts, so they may want to find a win tonight, though.
The Red Wings have taken a loss against the Leafs as well. Actually, both of their previous games came against the Leafs. It’s nothing to feel too bad over, the Leafs are a very good team and are ranked as a favourite to win the Stanley Cup, believe it or not.
The Capitals took care of the Leafs in the playoffs a year ago, but the Leafs are going to be a contender for years to come. Conversely, the Ovechkin era in Washington isn’t going to last forever. He’s been the catalyst of the Capital offence ever since he came into the league as a rookie in 2005. As a rookie, he netted a whopping 52 goals, setting the tone for the rest of his career.
Father time is going to catch up to Ovechkin and the Capitals. Just like Henrik Lundqvist, the window is going to close on their Stanley Cup dreams. Meanwhile, the Wings are in the process of rebuilding. As they go into their new complex at the Little Caesars Arena, they bring a team with them who are looking to the far future. An era was done when Pavel Datsyuk decided to go home to Russia.
Henrik Zetterberg is 37, but he has a Cup, unlike Ovechkin. Jimmy Howard is still here in Detroit as well. However, a lot of the core that made the Wings great has moved on. Head below to get our free Capitals vs. Red Wings pick on Friday night.
Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick
The fact of the matter here is that Ovi cannot do it all on his own. He has already scored 9 goals, which is 1st in the NHL. Ovechkin is showing no signs of slowing down but help must come from somewhere. T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom must offer their assistance. Braden Holtby has been pretty reliable as well, posting a 2.19 GAA and 0.931 save percentage thus far. Holtby did not play in that 8-2 game. Philip Grubauer was left in for all 8 goals. These two should continue to put up impressive numbers.
In general, the Capitals have done a number on the Red Wings. They have gone 7-3 over the Wings in their last ten meetings, including 4-1 in their last five tilts. In their last meeting in February of last season, the Wings edged the Caps out by a score of 3-2 in a shootout. Both teams are coming off two losses, but I like the Capitals chances of bouncing back more than the Red Wings. I don’t think the talent on this team is going to allow themselves to lose five of their last six games. I expect a quality effort from Washington in Detroit tonight.
PICK: CAPITALS (-135)