Oilers vs Capitals Predictions
The NHL trade deadline is quickly approaching as teams look to fill certain roster needs to help make a playoff run for Lord Stanley. The NHL has four games on the schedule for Friday night starting it off with the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Verizon Center to take on the Washington Capitals.
The Oilers are coming off of a 4-3 road win against the Florida Panthers, while the Capitals got their first win since the break beating the Flyers 4-1. Both teams are sitting firmly in a playoff spot looking to spot any flaws before the trade deadline. The Oilers got the win the last time these two teams faced off beating the Capitals 4-1 in Washington.
The money line for Friday’s puck drop between the Oilers vs Capitals favors the Washington Capitals -180 with a goal total of 5. Let’s take a quick look at each team’s latest game before sharing Coach’s Oilers vs Capitals predictions.
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Edmonton Oilers Team Preview
The Edmonton Oilers come into Friday night with a record of 33-20-8 sitting in 2nd place in the Pacific Division. The Oilers have 21 games remaining and could clinch a playoff birth for the first time in ten seasons. The last appearance in the postseason saw the Oilers losing game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to the Carolina Hurricanes. Since that time the Oilers have had four 1st overall draft picks, with the latest one finally leading the team to success.
The Oilers have won four of the last five games narrowing the gap to the division lead to three points. The last game against the Panthers saw multiple goals being traded back and forth but a game-winning goal from Kris Russell would seal the deal for the Oilers. Picking up his 30th win of the season was Cam Talbot, who now holds a 2.35 GAA over 53 games. Connor McDavid has been a sensational player this season and continues to lead the league in points with 68 at the age of 20.
Washington Capitals Team Preview
The Washington Capitals are continuing their yearly regular season dominance sitting atop of the Eastern Conference with a record of 40-12-7. It’s been a slow start since the break as the Capitals dropped two straight before heading into Philadelphia. The team would pick up their first win beating the Flyers 4-1 on Wednesday night. The win gives the Capitals a league leading 87 points with 23 games remaining.
The Capitals got off to a slow start Wednesday night but kicked it into gear once the Flyers had a goal called back. Finding the backup the net in the win was Nicklas Backstrom, TJ Oshie, and Evgeny Kuznetsov with two. Braden Holtby was between the pipes picking up his 29th win of the season with a 2.01 GAA. The Capitals are first in the league in goals against with an average of 2.07 while sitting in second for goals scored with 3.38 GPG. The Capitals will head back to the Verizon center where the team has lost only 6 games this season.
Oilers vs Capitals Predictions
The Oilers will head to Washington to face the Capitals looking for consecutive road wins. Both teams are heading into Friday night coming off of wins and sit firmly in a playoff spot. The Oilers have been solid on the road but are preparing to face the best team in the league.
The Oilers and the Capitals both have powerful offenses but the Capitals have an edge when it comes to defense. This game could turn into a goaltender battle with both goalies holding a 2 GAA. The under is 22-7 in Edmonton’s last 29 games after a win, and with Holtby in net that stat is looking promising. The team is leaning towards the Capitals to pick up the win but like the odds better for the under.
Coach’s Bet – Under 5 (-110) (Place this bet now)
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