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.