I've recently labeled the Nashville Predators as dark horse candidates to win the Stanley Cup, and they'll be put to the test tonight against the Washington Capitals, who are 18-6-7 on the year and are tied with the Hurricanes for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Predators rode into the holiday break on a seven-game winning streak, with impressive wins over the Rangers and Avalanche during that stretch.
This will be the first time these two teams will meet this season. Let's take a look at the odds for the game, courtesy of WynnBET.
Predators vs. Capitals Odds and Total
- Predators +135
- Capitals -155
- Predators +1.5 (-180)
- Capitals -1.5 (+160)
- 5.5 (Over -120/Under +100)
Predators vs. Capitals Betting Trends
- Predators are 7-0 in their last seven games.
- The OVER is 8-4 in the Predators' last 12 games.
- Predators are 8-0 in their last eight games vs. Capitals
- The OVER is 10-3 in the Capitals' last 13 games.
- Capitals are 13-7 in their last 20 games.
Predators vs. Capitals Prediction and Pick
The biggest reason for the Capitals' success this season has been their high schooting percentage. They find the back of the net on 10.66% of their shot attempts, which is the fourth highest rate in the NHL. Against the Predators, they'll need to take advantage of every opportunity they get as Nashville is the best defensive team in the NHL, limiting opponents to only 8.76 high danger scoring chances per game.
I'm going to continue to back the Predators. I don't believe Washington is quite as good as its record indicates, while I think Nashville is a true Stanley Cup contender and I have faith in any team that can play defense as well as the Predators can.