Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 23, 2023

The Colorado Avalanche are playing their best hockey of the season as they welcome the Washington Capitals to Denver on Tuesday.

Washington
35-37-6-4
AT
January 24, 2023, 9:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
51-24-4-3
Puckline +1.5 -216
Moneyline +113
Over / Under o +6

18%

Betting Action

82%

Puckline -1.5 +179
Moneyline -136
Over / Under u +6

18%

Betting Action

82%

How much the Avs are favored by on the NHL odds will depend in part on the availability of Caps star Alex Ovechkin.

Capitals vs. Avalanche NHL Betting Odds

Tuesday is the final meeting of the season between the teams, although a matchup in the Stanley Cup Final is possible. Washington is a +1842 longer shot to win the Eastern Conference, but Colorado is the +297 favourite in the West.

On Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C., the Avalanche won 4-0, scoring at least once in each period with goals from Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon, Andrew Cogliano and Artturi Lehkonen. Alexandar Georgiev had 32 saves. The Capitals outshot the Avalanche 32-29 and dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 59.3 per cent of draws. Washington also had 16 takeaways and only six giveaways. Darcy Kuemper took the loss in net – he helped lead Colorado to the 2022 Stanley Cup title but left in free agency.

Washington is still 12-3 in the past 15 meetings.

Washington Capitals

Washington played without leading scorer and all-time great Alex Ovechkin (30G, 22A) on Saturday and not surprisingly was blown out 6-2 at Vegas, which led 5-0 late in the second. TJ Oshie (10th of season) and Marcus Johansson (12th) had the Caps goals. Darcy Kuemper gave up four goals on 18 shots before being pulled, and Charlie Lindgren gave up two goals on nine shots in relief. Not clear who may start here of if Ovechkin will play as of this writing. Oshie will not as he left the club for the birth of his child. He has five goals and one assist in 10 games since returning from an upper-body injury. Washington is 9-2 in its past 11 road games.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado appears to have shed its Stanley Cup hangover on a five-game winning streak following a 2-1 shootout win in Seattle on Saturday. Nathan MacKinnon scored the lone goal of the shootout, and Alex Newhook (10th of season) had Colorado’s regulation goal. Pavel Francouz stopped 26 shots. He basically splits time with Alexander Georgiev, so not clear who may go Tuesday. Reigning Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar (13G, 30A) hasn’t played since Jan. 16 due to an undisclosed injury but was close on Saturday and would seem to have a good chance here. Colorado is 7-2 in its past nine vs. Metropolitan Division foes.

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