NHL Preview and Game AnalysisThe Anaheim Ducks, who lifted Lord Stanley’s trophy back in 2007, came into the season as a prohibitive favorite to represent the west in the finals. They have certainly lived up to that billing, and are tied with Nashville for the most points at this stage in the season. It would take a collapse of epic proportions for them to relinquish the 11-point lead that they currently hold in the Pacific Division right now, and there is nothing in their current form that suggests they might go that route. They have won 7 of their last 10, and broke a mild 2-game losing skid by knocking off Carolina in OT a couple of nights ago. They start a 5-game road trip in Nashville on Thursday before heading to Washington on Friday.
The Washington Capitals currently occupy one of the two wild card spots in the East, but they are going to have to improve if they are to hold onto that spot moving forward. They have dropped 6 of their last 8, despite getting 9 goals for Alex Ovechkin during that stretch. It is defense that has been the problem for Washington in recent weeks, although they are still top 10 in goals against average, which gives you a sense that they will be equipped to pull out of this current slide. Whether or not they can do it against a very talented Anaheim team remains to be seen. Key Betting Trends Anaheim is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games The total has gone OVER in 4 of Anaheim’s last 6 games Anaheim is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road The total has gone OVER in 10 of Anaheim’s last 15 games on the road Anaheim is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington Washington is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games Washington is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games at home