Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals odds, picks and predictions


The Colorado Avalanche (9-5-1) and Washington Capitals (7-9-1) meet Saturday at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Avalanche vs. Capitals odds, and make our expert NHL picks and predictions.

The Avalanche kicked off a 3-game East Coast swing Thursday at Carolina with a 3-2 win in overtime. Colorado has now won 5 of the past 6 games overall, while outscoring the opposition 25-13 during the 6-game stretch.

The Capitals were tripped up 5-4 in a shootout in St. Louis Thursday, finishing 0-2-1 in a 3-game road trip. The team’s last win was Nov. 11 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at COA. They were down 3-0 early in that game and battled back to get a point.

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Avalanche at Capitals odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:45 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML) : Avalanche -135 (bet $135 to win $100) | Capitals +115 (bet $100 to win $115)
  • Puck line (PL)/Against the spread (ATS) : Avalanche -1.5 (+155) | Capitals +1.5 (-210)
  • Over/Under (O/U) : 6.5 (O: +105 | U: -125)

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Avalanche at Capitals projected goalies

Alexandar Georgiev (7-2-1, 2.70 GAA, .924 SV%) vs. Darcy Kuemper (5-8-1, 2.73 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO)

Georgiev allowed 3 goals on 39 shots in a loss at home against the Blues Monday, snapping a 3-game win streak. He has allowed 3 or fewer goals in each of his 4 November starts, going 3-1-0 with a 2.52 GAA and .931 SV% during the month.

Kuemper will get a crack at his old team, but he has been struggling lately. He has lost 5 of his 6 starts in the month of November, going 1-5-0 with a 3.26 GAA and .892 SV%, while allowing 4 goals in each of his past 2 starts.

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Avalanche at Capitals picks and predictions

Prediction

Avalanche 4, Capitals 3

Moneyline

The AVALANCHE (-135) have been playing much better hockey lately, including an impressive OT win over the Hurricanes to kick off the road trip.

The Capitals (+115) have been having a difficult time lately, especially on defense, and are riddled with injuries. Washington has allowed 4 or more goals in 5 of the past 6 games, yielding 4.2 goals per game (GPG) during the terrible span.

Puck line/Against the spread

The Capitals +1.5 (-210) will cost you more than 2 times your potential return if you’d like to take them on the puck line for a little insurance. That’s just too expensive and certainly provides no guarantee.

AVOID.

Over/Under

OVER 6.5(+105) is worth playing lightly here.

Again, Washington has allowed 4 or more goals in 5 of the past 6 games, including a total of 16 goals yielded in the past 3 outings. The Caps have the offense to compete, and the Over is 4-1-1 in the past 6 games overall for Washington. This should be a higher-scoring affair.

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