Red Wings vs. Capitals NHL Pick – December 11th

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<p>The Detroit Red Wings topped the LA Kings in Detroit with a 3-1 performance at Little Caesars Arena. Jimmy Howard stole the show with a dominant outing for the Wings. If they’re looking to move Howard, that’s going to help in negotiations. Howard sent back 42 shots and just narrowly missed out on a shutout. Anze Kopitar ruined the shutout with a late goal for the Kings. </p>
<p>That is all they would get past Howard, though, as he propelled the Wings to a solid victory at home on Monday night. Detroit have been playing much better hockey recently, after enduring a horrific October. Is it going to get them anywhere this season as far as the playoffs are concerned? </p>
<p>They likely don’t even make it, but there have been some promising signs of what they could look like in the future. While Howard is been solid in net for the Wings, it doesn’t make too much sense to keep him around in a rebuilding season. Allow him to go to a contender and compete for a chance to be a winner. </p>
<p>Although, with speculation of the Blues interested him, the best-case scenario would be landing in Pittsburgh. Going to the Blues wouldn’t be in any parties best interest, I believe. The Blues are still going to be dysfunctional with or without Howard, and the Pens could need some goaltending help. </p>
<p>The Flames have been another team that have been floated around. In any event, expect Howard to be given the night off, while Jonathan Bernier will likely be starting between the pipes for the Red Wings in Washington. The Capitals welcome the Wings after a brief road trip of three games. They opened with a loss in Vegas, but responded with wins against the Coyotes and Blue Jackets. They’ve been off since Saturday, so we’ll see if they can take advantage of a Red Wings team who just played last night. Head below for our free Red Wings vs. Capitals pick. </p>
<h2 class=Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals Pick

The defending Stanley Cup Champions were slow starters this season. They weren’t resembling a team who were the best team in the NHL just back earlier in 2018. Alexander Ovechkin finally got his Stanley Cup, but he still has some work left to do if he wants to match what his rival, Sidney Crosby, has accomplished in his career. Considering the state of the Penguins right now, it seems like Ovi will have a better chance of winning another Stanley Cup before retiring.

The Capitals were on an eight-game winning streak before they were knocked off the path with a 6-5 loss to the Ducks. They followed that up with another loss to the Golden Knights, but have since put together back-to-back wins. The Caps are back home where they’ve averaged 3.71 goals per game and allowed 2.79 goals.

Detroit have gotten pummeled on the road for 3.54 goals against. Bernier enters the contest tonight with a 3.38 GAA and 0.893 save percentage. He’s been okay against the Capitals in his career, with a 2.83 GAA and 0.894 save percentage. There aren’t many goaltenders in the league who have great numbers against the Caps.

Washington have torched the net for 4.3 goals per game in their previous ten games. They’ve gone 7-2 in their last nine meetings and 5-1 in D.C. vs the Red Wings. We were on the Wings last night and turned a nice profit. However, on a back-to-back in Washington, they’re likely to find it much tougher. I’d look at the puckline on the Capitals for a Tuesday night NHL pick.

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