If you were thinking of placing a bet on the eventual Stanley Cup Champion right now, I would suggest that the Washington Capitals might well be a smart investment. They are in full domination mode at the moment, and will attempt to continue their solid run of play when they head into the XCEL Energy Center to face the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, February 11. Game time for this one is at 8 PM EST. The NHL money line puts the Capitals ahead, although, full odds for this one will be up at MyBookie.ag as soon as they become available.
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Money Line: Washington -120
How to bet Washington Capitals Vs Minnesota Wild
The Capitals have pretty much become the favorite to win every single time they play, and they will probably continue to be the favorite until the rest of the teams in the NHL figure out how to stop them. Given the run that the Wild are on right now, it wouldn’t appear that a losing trend will start for Washington on Thursday.
Why bet on the Washington Capitals
Quite simply put, there is no team in the league right now that looks capable of beating the Capitals (39-9-4) over the course of a 7-game series. While that may change once the trade deadline has passed, it’s where we are at the moment. The Capitals have won 4 straight, and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. While this is the best offensive team in the league, they also have what it takes to grind out wins as needed, which they did in their past 4 games, 3 of which they won 3-2. The difference between this Capitals team and the ones of recent years is that they are also incredibly good on the defensive end of the ice. It’s easy to see why this team is the consensus pick to win it all this year. The Caps are averaging 3.3 goals per game, and are giving up just 2.3 GPG.
Why bet on the Minnesota Wild
It wasn’t so long ago that the Wild (23-20-10) were a solid 22-11-8 on the season, but a run that has saw them lose 11 of their last 13 games has seen them fall out of contention in the Western Conference. They are on a 6-game losing skid heading into this one, and as hard as I try, I just can’t seem to find any reasons why I believe they might be able to take anything from the Capitals. The Wild have given up 17 goals in their last 4 games, which is not the sort of numbers you want to be posting when you are about to face the highest scoring team in the league. If they can frustrate the Capitals early on, they may be able to keep things close, but I think that’s about the best you can hope for. The Wild are averaging 2.5 GPG, and are giving up 2.5 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is about as close to a lock as you can get, as these are two teams heading in very different directions. It would take a terribly off night for the Capitals not to get the win here, which is not something I see happening.
Washington Capitals 4 Minnesota Wild 2