In what should prove to be an exciting matchup, our Friday night pick features the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals in Washington. It’s the new guns against the experienced and battled tested. The Oilers are the new kids on the block, while the Capitals are more than established with Alexander Ovechkin and company. Washington have their eyes set on getting by the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. It all comes down to the Pens for them. However, they must move forward step-by-step until they have their chance.
With a gaudy record of 40-12-2, the Capitals are in their way to capturing the President’s Trophy, awarded to the team in the NHL with the best overall record. It didn’t mean a thing a year ago, though, as the Caps fell to the Pens in Game 7, where they ultimately went on to winning the Stanley Cup. Is the same going to play out this season? We’ve seen the Capitals choke their successes from the regular season away in the playoffs before. Nobody is getting too exciting in Capitals land due to their regular season. It’s all about what they do in the postseason at this juncture.
Ovi is not going to be in his prime forever, so it’s about time the Capitals win one before he gets a little long in the tooth. And for that matter, Braden Holtby is not going to hold up forever. The Capitals really have to stop squandering the glorious chances they’ve had to win a Stanley Cup. If the Caps don’t make it to the finals this season, nobody is ever going to believe in them. They can go 40-2-2 for all I care, and their failures in the playoffs will always be the talking point. In any event, let’s see what tonight has in store for us. Last night was another profitable evening for us, as we cashed in with the empty netter to cash the Predators at -1.5. Head below for exclusive NHL pick for Friday night, available only at The Sports Geek.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Washington Capitals Pick
Both of these teams are led by two of the most talented players you will come to find in the NHL. Of course, Alexander Ovechkin has been a force in the Caps’ lineup since 2005. Connor McDavid is much newer to the scene, but he’s already toying with opposing defences. McDavid has netted 20 goals and helped out with 48 assists on the season. The Oilers’ fortunes turned as soon as he was drafted. Edmonton are 11th in the NHL with 2.82 goals per game, including an average of 3.8 goals in their last five contests. The Oilers come in going 2-1 in their previous three games, which have all been on the road. They continue their road trip in Washington against the difficult to solve Capitals.
The Capitals have been ruling the NHL in virtually every category. While they trail the Penguins with 3.36 goals per game, the Caps are 1st in the NHL in goals against per game. They’ve scored an impressive 3.60 goals per game in their last ten games. I look for the superstars to come out and play on Friday night. Expect for Ovechkin and McDavid to get in on the fun, which should translate to some offence and the OVER cashing us a ticket for our Friday night NHL pick.
PICK: OVER 5 GOALS (-140)