There is still an awful lot of hockey to be played before we reach the end of the season, but we are now at the stage where it gets easier to see which teams will cruise into the playoffs, and which teams will be forced to scratch and claw their way into a wild card spot. Two teams that fall into each category meet on Friday night, as the Anaheim Ducks skate into Washington to face the Capitals.Date/Time: Friday 6th, 2015 / 7:00PMVenue: Verizon Center, Washington, District of ColumbiaNHL Odds: Washington -125
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 TrendsAnaheim is 8-2 SU in its last 10 gamesThe total has gone OVER in 4 of Anaheim’s last 6 gamesAnaheim is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the roadThe total has gone OVER in 10 of Anaheim’s last 15 games on the roadAnaheim is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing WashingtonWashington is 3-6 SU in its last 9 gamesThe total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 gamesWashington is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at homeThe total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games at home