The Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals have a matchup scheduled for Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. The Capitals are off to a nice start and have yet to drop a point in any of their six games. They head into this one with a record of 4-0-2 after a successful trip to Ottawa on Monday.
The Capitals got into an entertaining contest against the Senators in Kanata. They jumped out to a 4-1 lead, blew the lead, and then recovered for a 7-5 win. After the Capitals went ahead 6-4, the Senators fought back to make it a 6-5 score.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 26, 2021
Right there it looked like the Capitals were going to crumble, but credit them for coming back again. Bad teams don’t know how to respond when giving up a 3-goal lead. The Capitals are not a bad team. They are back home for this one with 10 points for a tie with the Hurricanes at the top of the Metropolitan Division.
The Red Wings have gotten to a more than acceptable start in the Atlantic Division. Expectations can’t be too high with this team, but Jeff Blashil has them going in the right direction. They’re heading to Capital One Arena with a record of 3-2-1 and 7 points.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 27, 2021
The Red Wings aren’t ready to compete with top tier teams in the playoffs, but Steve Yzerman has slowly done a nice job of rebuilding this roster. It would have been really nice if Jakub Vrana didn’t get injured. He’s out for at least four months with a shoulder injury. Seeing what the Wings could do with Vrana on the ice as well would have been nice.
They are coming off an impressive effort at the United Center against the Blackhawks with a 6-3 win Sunday. The Red Wings were on a back-to-back, and looked much better after a 6-1 loss in Montreal versus the Canadiens on Saturday. Their road trip continues with a stop at the Capital One Arena in DC. Head below for our free Red Wings vs. Capitals pick on October 27, 2021.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Detroit Red Wings||+1.5 (-130)||+184||Over 6 (-111)|
|Washington Capitals||-1.5 (+110)||-205||Under 6 (-109)|
|Team Data||Detroit Red Wings||Washington Capitals|
|Goals Per Game||3.33||4.33|
|Goals Against Per Game||3.50||2.67|
|Shots Per game||31.50||30.50|
|Shots Against Per Game||33.33||27.50|
Red Wings vs. Capitals Prediction:
The Washington Capitals are expected to go with Vitek Vanecek between the pipes at home tonight. Ilya Samsonov doesn’t deserve the nod after he was ripped for 5 goals on 37 shots in Ottawa. In fact, Vanecek has shown early that he could be the clear No. 1 if the Capitals wanted to go in that direction.
It’s much too early to make any drastic decisions, though, and I think the Capitals have a solid 1-2 combo with Samsonov and Vanecek. Vanecek is going into Wednesday night with a rock solid GAA of 2.05 and a 0.92 save percentage in four games. Conversely, Samsonov has a 3.32 GAA and a 0.885 save percentage.
In 37 games as a rookie last year, Vanecek was solid with a 2.69 GAA and 0.908 save percentage. Not bad for a young rookie, and he has appeared to make improvement in the offseason. Offensively the Red Wings have been holding up well, but still going to be inconsistent.
They have scored 3.33 goals per game through the first stretch of the regular season. Goals are always going to be required versus the Capitals, because it’s a safe bet that they are going to score. Thomas Greiss has been fine for the Wings between the pipes with a 2.80 GAA and 0.914 percentage.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals Betting Trends:
- 0-5 overall in their previous five games versus the Capitals
- 1-6 overall in their previous seven games versus the Capitals at Capital One Arena
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games after scoring 5 or more goals
- 11-52 overall in their previous 63 games on the road
- 15-36 overall in their previous 51 games versus a team with a winning record
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games after scoring 5 or more goals
- 23-6 overall in their previous 29 games as a favorite
- 6-1 overall in their previous seven games versus the Red Wings at Capital One Arena
- OVER is 11-3 in their previous 14 games in October
The Capitals have scored the puck with ease this season at a clip of 4.33 goals per game. As a favorite, that number goes up to 5 goals per game.
This should be a good spot versus a Red Wings team that has work to do on the blueline. Yzerman is getting there, but that has to be the next step before the Red Wings are competitive.
The Wings are 26th in the NHL with 3.5 goals against per game. Conversely, the Capitals have allowed 2.7 goals per game, and this is after they were torched for 5 goals versus the Senators.
After getting touched up for 5 goals, expect the defense to settle down and get back on track in this one. The Red Wings should strike for 2 goals, but it’s not going to be enough for the 4 or 5 that the Capitals likely get here.