Capitals vs Avalanche Betting Preview & Analysis
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Defensemen Take Center Stage in Capitals vs Avalanche
If you like watching offensive-minded defensemen going to work, Monday’s matchup between the Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche may be the game for you. For Washington, John Carlson has four goals and 10 assists over his last 10 games. Colorado’s Cale Makar leads all defensemen with 26 goals . Makar is second in the NHL among defensemen with 82 points while Carlson is fifth with 67 points.
Colorado is the first team to clinch a division title and the Central Division champions will have home-ice advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. The Avalanche have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup title.
Washington became the final team in the Eastern Conference to secure a postseason berth. The Capitals are only three points behind third-place Pittsburgh and the Capitals have two games in hand.
Keep on reading for more information in the Capitals vs Avalanche game preview.
Team records: Washington 42-23-10 (fourth in Metropolitan Division); Colorado 55-14-6 (first in Central Division)
Date: Monday, 9 p.m. ET
Television: NHL Network
Location: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
Ovechkin Getting Plenty of Help
It would be a mistake to look at the playoff-bound Washington Capitals and think it was all about future Hall of Famer Alexander Ovechkin.
Sure, Ovechkin needs just three goals to record his ninth 50-game season, but when the Capitals made their playoff push, Washington was not a one-line or one-player team.
Eight different players have at least 10 points while 14 players have scored at least two goals since March 1.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Carlson lead the way with 24 points each while wingers Tom Wilson and Anthony Mantha each have seven goals during that time. A pleasant surprise has been rookie defenseman Martin Fehervary, who has five goals in his last 20 games.
Washington is fourth in the NHL with 4.05 goals and a 28.8 power-play percentage since the start of March. That is something that is hard to overlook in the Capitals vs Avalanche game preview.
Avalanche Waiting to Get Toews Back
The Colorado Avalanche have been piling up the wins and points despite the absence of key contributors.
First, the Avalanche had to play without forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri, and now they await word on the availability of defenseman Devon Toews.
Toews, who is second on the Avalanche among defensemen with 57 points, is not expected to play on Monday but could return soon.
Kadri hasn’t played since March 31 and Landeskog has been out since March 10.
There is some promising news on Kadri. Although he won’t play against Washington on Monday, the plan is for him to travel with the team during its upcoming three-game road trip. Landeskog has started skating and head coach Jared Bednar said the plan was to have him back before the end of the regular season.
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Colorado has been on a bit of a roller coaster recently, following up a five-goal effort with one goal in regulation in the next outing. That was followed by a nine-game explosion before scoring just three goals against New Jersey. The last time out, there were 11 combined goals scored in a potential Stanley Cup final matchup won by the Avalanche against Carolina 7-4.
Here is some information to consider in the Capitals vs Avalanche game preview.
Colorado has won its last six home games and only one of those contests was decided by a goal. Washington is 6-1 in its last seven road games, outscoring its opponents 36-25.
Washington has won five of the last six meetings with Colorado, including a 6-3 victory on Oct. 19. At least seen combined goals were scored in six of the last eight Capitals vs Avalanche games.
The total has gone over in 16 of the Capitals’ last 19 games and in six of the last eight times that Colorado hosted the Capitals. That needs to be considered when making the Capitals vs Avalanche predictions.