Capitals vs. Oilers Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Frank Doyle | Updated Oct 24, 2018

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The Washington Capitals are averaging a league-best 4.25 goals per game with four players chipping in 13 points.

Washington
48-26-7-1
AT
October 25, 2018, 9:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
35-38-6-3
Puckline -1.5 +195
Moneyline -125
Over / Under o +6.5

70%

Betting Action

30%

Puckline +1.5 -240
Moneyline +105
Over / Under u +6.5

70%

Betting Action

30%

A couple of days after Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers went down the the wire with Sidney Crosby‘s Penguins, they get to see how they measure up against Alexander Ovechkin and his reigning Stanley Cup champion Capitals. Washington has picked up at least a point in three in a row, scoring 14 goals over that span. Edmonton has earned a point or better in four of its last five.

Capitals vs Oilers Betting Analysis

It’s been hard to make a buck on either of these teams on the puckline. The Oilers are 3-4 on the puckline and Washington is 4-4. Given the potency of these two offences, the most tempting bet in this matchup might be over the total. The Capitals’ attacking balance has been on display early this season with four players tied with 13 points – Ovechkin, Nicklas BackstromEvgeny Kuznetsov, and John Carlson. That has Washington averaging a league-best  4.25 goals per game while playing over in six of the squad’s eight games. Edmonton puts up just 2.6 goals per game, but does own the fourth-best power play in the league, clicking at 30.4 percent with the man advantage. And then there’s that McDavid guy. He had his fifth multi-point effort in Tuesday’s loss to Pittsburgh and has been in on 13 of the Oilers’ 18 goals so far.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals’ scoring leaders board shows just how deep this team is and a reminder of what happens if you start a train to the penalty box against the Stanley Cup champs. Washington is converting on 38.7 percent of its power play chances. Scoring a boatload of goals like the Caps are will tend to cover up any concerns, but it’s worth noting that goaltender Braden Holtby is off to a very slow start. He heads into this one with a 3.46 goals against average and an ugly .885 save percentage.

Edmonton Oilers

Outside of Connor McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers remain a work in progress. As good as their captain is, Edmonton needs much more out of its supporting staff. The Oilers hope that maybe Tuesday night’s overtime loss was a step in the right direction. Leon Draisaitl and newcomer Alex Chaisson bagged a pair of goals apiece while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and defenceman Kris Russell each had a couple of assists. That said, only three players on the Oilers have more than three points as they head into their eighth game of the season. They clearly need more from their second and third lines and their play in the defensive zone still leaves a lot to be desired. Edmonton is allowing 3.6 goals per game.

Capitals vs. Oilers Prediction

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